The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2013 Stanley Cup title one last time on Tuesday night. The team had a ceremony and raised a giant banner in the United Center rafters to take its place alongside the franchise's other four championships.
Then, the puck dropped and Chicago's title defense officially began. The Blackhawks rallied in the third period, scoring three goals to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in their season opener.
The 2013-14 NHL season began with two other games on Tuesday, including an Original Six rivalry matchup between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. With just three games played on opening night, plenty of things stood out. 26 goals were scored. The defending champs were in midseason form. As was Alex Ovechkin. And unfortunately, there was already a brutal injury.
Have a look at five things that stood out on NHL's opening night.
The Blackhawks had an answer for everything the Caps threw at them on Tuesday, and six different players made the scoresheet for Chicago. Patrick Kane netted his first goal of the season almost immediately after Washington tied the game in the first period. Down 4-3 in the third, the Blackhawks rallied and scored three goals to win 6-4.
Washington's man advantage picked up where it left off last year behind head coach Adam Oates and was off to a roaring start against the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Caps scored three power-play goals out of six opportunities, including two in the third period from Caps newcomer Mikhail Grabovski.
In the first NHL game of the 2013-14 season, Canadiens' newest enforcer George Parros left on a stretcher after fighting Toronto's proven heavyweight Colton Orr. Parros got dragged down and hit the ice hard. He left the game on a stretcher and suffered a concussion.
Alex Ovechkin got off to a great start to the 2013-14 campaign, scoring a power play goal in the first period and recording an assist in the third. Ovie tallied just three points in his first eight games last season. So it should be nice for Caps fans to see their superstar already get two points in the season opener.
Two new members of the Jets, 25-year-old Michael Frolik and rookie Jacob Trouba, got off to a great start in their first game on Tuesday. Frolik scored his first two goals with Winnipeg, including the game-winner, while Trouba scored a late equalizer for his first career goal and tallied an assist.