LOS ANGELES — The Chicago Blackhawks raised their own Stanley Cup championship banner just two seasons ago, so their core players already know it’s tough to go back to work after a pregame party.
When the Los Angeles Kings were finished raising their banner and receiving their rings Saturday, the Blackhawks reminded the champs that what happened last year won’t help the Kings in this shortened NHL season.
Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and Chicago crashed the Kings’ Stanley Cup celebration with a 5-2 victory.
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.
“We wanted to have a good start, and whether they were going to be on their game or not didn’t really matter to us," said Toews.
Also on Saturday:
PHILADELPHIA — Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead Pittsburgh past Philadelphia.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Teemu Selanne had two goals and two assists as Anaheim thumped Vancouver.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Ottawa spoiled Winnipeg’s home opener.
BOSTON — Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots for Boston in his first game after taking over for two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, and the Bruins beat the New York Rangers.
Maple Leafs 2
MONTREAL — Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak scored power-play goals as Toronto took a victory over Montreal.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — David Clarkson’s goal at 8:17 of the third period sent New Jersey to a season-opening win over the New York Islanders.
TAMPA, Fla. — Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goals as Tampa Bay beat Washington.
SUNRISE, Fla. — Jonathan Huberdeau’s first NHL shot resulted in his first NHL goal and opened an early Florida scoring barrage, as the Panthers eased past Carolina.
Red Wings 0
ST. LOUIS — Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in his NHL debut and Chris Stewart also had a pair of goals to help St. Louis manhandle Detroit.
Blue Jackets 3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of a shootout, and Columbus beat Nashville for its fifth win to start a season.
DALLAS — Jaromir Jagr scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner in his Dallas debut, and the Stars opened with a victory against Phoenix.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Dany Heatley had two power-play goals on assists from new teammate Zach Parise, and Minnesota surged into its season with a victory over Colorado.