Blackhawks raise banner, then outscore Capitals

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Updated: October 1, 2013

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Chicago Blackhawks raised their fifth
Stanley Cup championship banner before the start of their season opener, then
picked up right where they left off.

Johnny Oduya scored the go-ahead goal with 6:07 to play as the Blackhawks
opened the 2013-14 season with a 6-4 win over the Washington Capital at United
Center.

Chicago won the fifth Stanley Cup trophy in franchise history, and second in
four years, with a six-game victory over the Boston Bruins last spring.

On Tuesday, Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists while Marian Hossa, Brent
Seabrook, Brandon Bollig and Patrick Kane all had goals for the Blackhawks,
who stayed in the Western Conference and the Central Division after the NHL
realigned in the offseason.

Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots to help Chicago win a second straight game
against the Capitals.

Washington, meanwhile, is now a member of the Metropolitan Division in the
Eastern Conference.

Mikhail Grabovski notched a hat trick and an assist for the Capitals, who lost
to the Rangers in seven games in the opening round of the 2013 playoffs. Alex
Ovechkin had a goal and an assist

Braden Holtby was tagged for five goals on 34 shots in the loss.