CHICAGO - The new-look Blackhawks passed their first test with flying colors, withstanding a late rally to beat the league-leading Washington Capitals 3-2.
Dennis Rasmussen broke out of his scoring slump in big way, lighting the lamp for the first time in two months for the game winning goal.
Rasmussen was set up by Richard Panik, who kicked the puck off the boards directly in front of the net for an easy one-timer.
Coach Joel Quenneville said the unorthodox feed was one of the best passes he's seen all year.
The marquee win couldn't come at better time for the Hawks.
They entered today's game having lost five of their last seven while adding four new players to the revamped roster.