Blackhawks throttle Kings 5-2 in season opener
Hossa made it 2-0 as he flipped a puck into the slot trying to hit a streaking Jonathan Toews and it found its way past Quick. It was soon a three-goal advantage after Marcus Kruger carried the puck into the Los Angeles zone and slid a pass to Frolik, who snapped a shot from the high slot past a startled Quick.
Early in the second, Kane put on a burst of speed after scooping up a loose puck and raced in on Quick, who turned aside the breakaway attempt but left the puck sitting in the slot. Toews swooped in and batted it in and the rout was on.
The Hawks did not have a shutout all last season and that trend continued when Scuderi’s long shot sailed past a screened Crawford late in the second period. In the third, Nolan cut the deficit to two but Hossa scored 15 seconds later to seal the deal for the Hawks.
Toews was in the lineup after missing Friday’s practice with the flu. Winger Daniel Carcillo left the bench after a collision along the boards late in third period and did not return to the ice.
Scratches for the Hawks were Brandon Saad, Jamal Mayers and Michal Rozsival.
By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter