LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a 113-day lockout, the NHL finally returned to the ice Saturday but it wasn't the start the defending champions had hoped for as Chicago crashed the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration with a 5-2 victory.
Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, while captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead on Michael Frolik's goal less than 15 minutes in.
With superior speed and skill, Chicago ruined the festivities shortly after the Kings hung their first championship banner in the Staples Center rafters.
With every player who touched the ice in last season's playoffs returning to defend the title, the Kings received their championship rings during a stirring pregame ceremony that included each player passing the Cup around the boards. The Blackhawks didn't watch it, but they seemed fired up from the opening faceoff.
Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for the Kings, who are definitely done celebrating last season's achievements as the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup.
Hossa, who set up Kane's goal, then got credit for a score when his centering pass hit Drew Doughty's skate and ricocheted past Quick. Just 74 seconds after that, Frolik put a pall over the celebratory crowd with the Blackhawks' third goal on eight shots.
When Toews, who spent the week ailing with a cold, alertly scored 1:16 into the second period, a few scattered boos came down from the sellout crowd.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, Teemu Selanne had two goals and two assists Saturday to help the Anaheim Ducks thump the Vancouver Canucks 7-3.
In Sunrise, Florida, Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut, Brian Campbell scored twice in a first-period frenzy and the Florida Panthers opened defense of their Southeast Division title with a 5-1 win over the Carolina Panthers.
In Nashville, Tennessee, Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 3-2, while the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 6-3 at home.
Also Saturday, David Clarkson's goal at 8:17 of the third period sent the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 season-opening win over the New York Islanders and Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1.
In other games Saturday, the Toronto Maple Leafs had a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens, the Dallas Stars opened with a 4-3 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues thrashed the Detroit Red Wings 6-0.