Blackhawks kick off new season with win
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks got three goals in the third period to help kick off their Stanley Cup title defense with a 6-4 victory over Mikhail Grabovski and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday in their NHL regular-season opener.
Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa scored in the third period for the Blackhawks, who won their first game for the second straight season.
Corey Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stops when the Blackhawks killed off a late 5-on-3 power play.
Grabovski had three goals and an assist in his first game since he signed with Washington in August. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, but the Capitals were unable to protect a third-period lead.
In other games on the opening night of the new NHL season, the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4.
Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Mason Raymond netted the winner in his first game with the Maple Leafs.
The mood turned somber 2:34 into the third period when Montreal’s new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher following a bout. Toronto’s Colton Orr pulled Parros down during the fight and the Canadiens forward’s face crashed into the ice.
A team of trainers from both teams spent several minutes treating him. The Canadiens later said Parros sustained a concussion, but was conscious and undergoing more tests.
The Jets, meanwhile, got a pair of goals from Michael Frolik to beat the Oilers.
With 5:02 left, Eric Tangradi sent a beautiful backhand pass in front to Frolik, who broke a 4-4 tie by directing a shot into the net before goalie Devan Dubnyk could get back across the crease.
Jacob Trouba also scored and added an assist in his first NHL game for the Jets. Ondrej Pavelec made 34 saves for the win.