Last night the Chicago Blackhawks picked up right where they left off in Boston last season as they opened their 2013-14 campaign with a victory over the pesky Washington Capitals. The Blackhawks got goals from three key players including the Conn Smythe winner. Brent Seabrook and Marian Hossa also chipped in on the six-goal outburst. Corey Crawford could’ve been better in his opening game as he was beat multiple times to his glove side. Crawford’s glove side is going to be targeted a lot this year after the Boston Bruins discovered the flaw in Crawford’s mechanics in their six-game loss.
The pre-game ceremony included the banner-raising to the rafters of the United Center and the players received their championship rings.
The Washington Capitals also contributed to the excitement, as free-agent addition Mikhael Grabovski scored a hat-trick and briefly gave the Caps a 4-3 lead in the third period. That was short-lived as Chicago would rattle off three unanswered goals in the final frame to put the game away. Another area in which the Blackhawks may need to improve before defending their title next spring is the PK. Of the four goals given up by Crawford, three were on the PP. That needs to be tightened up, especially considering the Hawks were at home.