Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - It took an extra three months, but the Los Angeles Kings finally got to have their Stanley Cup celebration. It all went downhill from there. Marian Hossa scored twice and added an assist to lead the Chicago Blackhawks in a 5-2 win over the Kings in the season opener on Saturday. Last June saw the Kings win the first Cup in franchise history as the team defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games, capping a 16-4 postseason run that saw the team become the first eighth seed to take home the coveted chalice. In a pre-game ceremony, Los Angeles raised its championship banner in the rafters of the Staples Center, but Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick gave up three goals in the first period en route to the season-opening loss. Quick posted a 1.41 goals against average and .946 save percentage in last year's playoff run, but he allowed five goals on 22 shots while Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored in the loss. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each posted a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who got 19 saves from Corey Crawford in the win.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Philadelphia 1
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The NHL lockout certainly didn't quell the disdain the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers have for one another. The Atlantic Division denizens picked up right from last year's memorable first-round postseason series, with the Penguins getting a little bit of revenge. Behind a strong performance by Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh opened the truncated campaign Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center with a 3-1 victory. Fleury made 26 saves to earn his 227th career win, breaking a tie with Tom Barrasso for the most in franchise history. James Neal, Tyler Kennedy and Chris Kunitz each had a goal for the Penguins, who were bumped off by their in-state rivals in six games last spring in a wild, high-scoring series. The two squads combined to score 56 goals, with the Penguins allowing 30. The Flyers didn't fare as well in the next round as they were eliminated in five games by the eventual Eastern Conference-champion New Jersey Devils. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 24 shots for Philadelphia, while Claude Giroux lit the lamp in his debut as the Flyers' new captain.
Final Score: Ottawa 4, Winnipeg 1
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Erik Karlsson, last year's Norris Trophy winner, had a goal and an assist to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Winnipeg Jets, 4-1, in the season-opener for both teams. Chris Neil, Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris also lit the lamp for the Senators, who lost to the top-seeded New York Rangers in seven games in the first round of the playoffs last season. Craig Anderson made 27 saves for Ottawa, which exceeded just about everybody's expectations with a 92-point season in 2011-12, an 18-point improvement from the previous year. Dustin Byfuglien scored the lone goal for the Jets, who finished eight points out of a playoff spot last season. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 33-of-37 shots in defeat.