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NHL Game Summary - Washington at Chicago



(Tuesday, October 1st)

Final Score: Chicago 6, Washington 4

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks raised their fifth Stanley Cup championship banner before the start of their season opener, then picked up right where they left off.

Johnny Oduya scored the go-ahead goal with 6:07 to play as the Blackhawks opened the 2013-14 season with a 6-4 win over the Washington Capitals at United Center.

Chicago won the fifth Stanley Cup trophy in franchise history, and second in four years, with a six-game victory over the Boston Bruins last spring.

On Tuesday, Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists while Marian Hossa, Brent Seabrook, Brandon Bollig and Patrick Kane all had goals for the Blackhawks, who stayed in the Western Conference and the Central Division after the NHL realigned in the offseason.

Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots to help Chicago win a second straight game against the Capitals.

"We wanted a good start. I think we got that," Oduya said.

Washington, meanwhile, is now a member of the Metropolitan Division in the Eastern Conference.

Mikhail Grabovski notched a hat trick and an assist for the Capitals, who lost to the Rangers in seven games in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist.

Braden Holtby was tagged for five goals on 34 shots in the loss.

"Our turnovers gave them momentum and gave them some life," Capitals head coach Adam Oates said. "They've got a good hockey team. It's hard to play that way."

Trailing by a goal, the Blackhawks tied the game at 7:55 in the third on a rush play. Saad skated the puck in down the left side and backhanded it over to Michal Handzus before charging the net. Handzus sent the puck back to the low right side where Saad tipped it in.

Oduya then gave his team the lead with 6:07 to play as he sent a shot on net from the left boards that was going wide, but Holtby tried to grab it with the glove and wound up deflecting it into his own net.

The Caps had another chance as Patrick Sharp was called for interference at 15:53 and Joakim Nordstrom was whistled for delay of game 34 seconds later.

Crawford, though, made nice saves on Eric Fehr and Mike Green to preserve the lead.

With the net empty, Hossa was hauled down on a partial breakaway and awarded a goal to seal the win inside the final minute.

The Blackhawks took the initial lead in the game as Niklas Hjalmarsson sent a shot on net from the right point that Holtby made a right pad save on through a screen, but Bollig was there to sweep in the rebound at 4:06 of the first.

Skating on the power play, Washington tied the game at 10:42 of the first period as Ovechkin took a pass at the left circle and snapped a wrister off the right post and in.

Chicago, though, got it back 24 seconds later as Kane grabbed the puck out of the air in the middle of the Washington zone, and slid over to the left circle before firing a shot that beat Holtby to the short side.

The Capitals tied the game at 10:30 of the middle stanza as a turnover in the neutral zone created a 2-on-1 rush the other way, with Grabovski wristing a shot from the right wing that beat Crawford to the short side.

Off a give-and-go while on the power play, the Blackhawks made it a 3-2 game as Hossa's shot from the right side was stopped, but the rebound came to the left and Seabrook slammed it home at 14:32.

The Capitals tied the game yet again just 59 seconds into the third on the power play as Green took a pass at the right point and glided over to the slot before sending a shot on net that Grabovski tipped home.

It was Green and Grabovski getting together yet again on the man advantage as the Capitals took their only lead of the game as Green's slap shot from the high slot was redirected by Grabovski for his first career hat trick at 5:16.

Game Notes

Washington was 3-for-6 on the power play, while Chicago went 1-for-4 ... Kane won the Conn Smythe trophy last season as the MVP of the playoffs ... Chicago hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday ... Washington has its home opener on Thursday against Calgary.

10/02 01:57:03 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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