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Discuss: Chicago wins thrilling opener against Washington

Oct 1, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks won their last game of last season and started off 2013-14 with a win, beating the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Tuesday.


Let’s discuss the contest.

  • Is this the kind of night that makes you think that the Blackhawks will defend their title convincingly? It wasn’t just their star players; most of the roster looked dangerous, with Brandon Saad collecting three points.
  • How do you feel about the two goalies’ work? Sure, goals allowed-wise, they didn’t look great, but that seems unfair to both Braden Holtby and Corey Crawford. Where do you rank them right now?
  • He won’t score four points every night, but still; how many GMs feel a little silly about passing on Mikhail Grabovski after his hat trick + assist debut for Washington? You have no idea how happy that makes stats nerds feel.
  • Speaking of Caps who looked dangerous Part II: Mike Green sure looked like vintage Mike Green, didn’t he? Could the Caps win their division if their offensive defenseman regains form?
  • Caps who looked dangerous Part III: How many goals will Alex Ovechkin score in 2013-14?
  • Finally, do you expect to see a lot of wide-open games this year? Tuesday’s first two contests were downright blistering.

  1. bhawk729 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    GO HAWKS!!!!

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Just glad hockey is back.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    NHL’s Best. Get used to…..Hawks Win!

    • mp1131211 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Get used to thumbs down

  4. lowenni - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    So excited to see what Grabo’s gonna do for the Caps this year. I think he could really be a force under Oates’ offensive system, something he wasn’t used in during his time in Toronto. Definitely a fantasy sleeper, and if he gets in power play time he could put up 60-70 points.

  5. tdrusher225 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Awful goal to give up by Holtby at the end there. This was a game that started fast and didn’t let up. Fun to watch.

    • prosportswashington - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      He knows it too, still he doesn’t usually give up easy goals unlike another G in Washington…

  6. stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Sloppy defense and questionable goaltending on both sides. Makes for an entertaining game, but I don’t think either coach will be overly happy with their teams over all performance tonight.

    • micklethepickle - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      A lot of the goals were PP goals, though, which I would think speaks to discipline, rather than defense. No argument about the goaltending, though.

      What a game though. Caps look fantastic, I thought they were going to steal it there for awhile. Still, no shame in this loss in my opinion! Go Caps!

  7. govtminion - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Really fun game to start things off, that was really something to watch.

    I had no idea that a penalty during an empty-net situation was an automatic goal though- I’ve been a hockey fan for three decades and I’d never heard that before. Learn something new every day, I suppose.

    • ravenscaps48 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Yes. If the goalie is pulled and there is a penalty that would result in a penalty shot in any other part of the game, a goal is automatically awarded

  8. tfilarski - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Hawks will be more focused and better on defense now that the 30 minute banner celebration is over

  9. spamrok - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Glad to see Oates had those guys scoring again. They had been stale for a couple of seasons. But they weren’t protecting Holtby at all.

  10. shamu1the1whale - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Tonight’s Caps vs. Hawks game was awesome to watch! Fast-paced puck action right off the bat! This is the kind of hockey I could watch all day and never tire of. The Hawks look like they’re still in SCF mode, and the Caps were able to match their intensity. Definitely a great game for the start of the season!

  11. viachicago22 - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    The Hawks pick up where they left off. What makes them so dangerous is their depth. Any night they can beat you with any guy. They will be tough to knock off.

  12. chiadam - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:41 AM


    • ravenscaps48 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Caps will go 81-1… Lol. See you in the Cup Finals!

  13. blackfoot11 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Great game and show of skill by both teams. The ‘Hawks are tough. The Caps need to build off this game and the experience was good for the Rook’s Carrick, Willson, and Latta, who played well. The Grabovski pick up looks great for the Caps. I know Holtby wishes he had a few of the goals back, but that is hockey. He will only get better. Go Caps!

  14. hawkeemikee - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    I think we may have seen a Stanley Cup Final preview. Also the Hawks look as strong as last year. Lets see if they can’t beat there points streak from last year. I think they might be able too. GO HAWKS!!!

  15. oaklawnmark - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Something for everyone is this game. Patrick Kane with a move reminding you of Denis Savard. Caps putting on a passing clinic on their second to last power play. Hawks coming back late reminding you of how they beat Boston and Detroit last postseason. Sure there’s room for improvement, but ask anyone who’s played in a game like this…it’s extremely hard to go us after all the celebrating. Hawks did well to pick up the two points. Caps will be a load all year.

  16. bauxjangles - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I hate to be the downer cause that was a damn good game, but could the off season changes have made a situation where there could be too much scoring? I get that it’s opening night and the bulk were power play goals, but damn…there were 26 goals scored in 3 games last night; only Montreal scored less than 4 goals. I’ll take a tight, hard-checking 2-1 game, but I’m hoping these are just early season speedbumps.

  17. Mr. Miller - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    It’s hard to knock Crawford (or at least give a solid review of his play) when 3 of the goals are PP goals. At the same time, Washington was great with a man-advantage. They were patient, passed well, won face-offs in the zone, and scored thrice.

    Hell. If the ‘Hawks ran that same PP, fans would be crapping themselves screaming “Shoot!” obsessively. Caps worked it well last night.

    Yet as mentioned above is the Blackhawks’ depth. Just seems every line, every rush, has Kane, Toews, Hossa, Sharp… I thought Hjalmarsson struggled but their defense is solid too.

    It’s going to take a hot goalie to beat the ‘Hawks in a 7-game series. That, or perhaps a real physical team. The Blackhawks are pretty much cupcakes in that department…

  18. slysipops - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    these hyped up games like this banner hanger, are always tough ones for the home team , just ask the LA KINGS about that ! the HAWKS showed the same grit and determination they had last season ! GO HAWKS GO !

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