Blackhawks 5, Kings 2By Curtis, Zupke, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Jan 19, 2013 6:40 PM EST
LOS ANGELES -- Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the Chicago Blackhawks spoiled the Los Angeles Kings' Stanley Cup championship banner-raising opener with a 5-2 victory Saturday. Hossa beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a shot from the top of the right circle for a 5-2 lead halfway through the third period. Los Angeles had pulled to 4-2 just 15 seconds earlier when Jordan Nolan redirected Matt Greene's shot under the crossbar. Before the game, the Kings raised their first Stanley Cup banner to the rafters of Staples Center and even brought out the Cup and passed it around, player by player. But Chicago was clearly the sharper team with a three-goal first period. Jonathan Toews made it 4-0 when he was left unchecked to swoop in and put in a rebound at 1:16 of the second period after Patrick Kane was stopped on an odd-angle breakaway. The Kings did not allow four goals in any of their 20 playoff games last season. The Kings finally revived their crowd with their first goal with 1:23 left in the second period, on a wrist shot by Rob Scuderi that made it through traffic to make it 4-1. But the defending champs mostly looked a step slow and out of sync offensively through the first 40 minutes, going scoreless on four power plays. Kane looked like he was in midseason form when he one-timed Hossa's pass just under Quick's glove for a power-play goal to get the Blackhawks going. Hossa was credited with Chicago's second goal when his backhanded centering pass to Toews deflected off Drew Doughty and into the net at 12:57. NOTES: Toews and Kings' Justin Williams played despite missing Friday's practice with illness. ... Anze Kopitar missed the game with a sprained knee but will likely play on L.A.'s upcoming road trip. ... Quick, who allowed four goals in four games against Chicago last season, allowed four in the first 21:16. ... Davis Drewiske played in his first game since Feb.18, 2012, as Willie Mitchell is out with a knee injury ... Chicago played the first game of an NHL-high (tied with Detroit) 12 back-to-back sequences this season. The Blackhawks were 8-8-1 in the first game of a back-to-back set and 9-6-2 in the second last season. ... The family of Ana Marquez-Greene, one of the victims in the Newtown, Conn., shootings, helped carry the banner out during the pregame ceremony.
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