Barely three months ago, the Blackhawks captured their second Stanley Cup in four seasons. Well, it's go time again. The first step on the road to a possible repeat: a home game against the loaded Washington Capitals.

Yep, this ain't gonna be easy. But you gotta start somewhere. How did this matchup play out on our repeat scale? Check back throughout the game for updates.


Relative Hawks newbie Jimmy Hayes draws a high-sticking penalty and checks for blood, two minutes into the game. Andrew Shaw knows a thing or two about bleeding for this team.

Repeat scale: 3

Goal! If you had money Brandon Bollig being the first Hawk to score this season, you're probably a millionaire right now. He must have learned a thing or two from Patrick Kane.

Repeat scale: 5

Capitals tie it up on the power play, courtesy of Alex Ovechkin. You might know him as the reigning NHL MVP. At least it wasn't some nobody beating Hawks goaltender Corey Crawford. Game recognize game.

Repeat scale: 1

Goal! Patrick Kane puts the Hawks ahead. No Conn Smythe Trophy hangover here. This is the new, trouble-free Kaner, remember?

Repeat scale: 5

Crawford stops Ovechkin on a sneaky Ovechkin one-timer. Mr. MVP, meet the reigning Jennings Trophy winner. 

Repeat scale: 4

First-period score: Blackhawks 2, Capitals 1



The first Hawks breakaway goes to Patrick Sharp, and ... and ... and ... uh, he was stopped cold by Washington goaltender Braden Holtby. 

Repeat scale: 1

Aw snap, Crawford takes one practically off the stick blade of Eric Fehr with his glove early in the second to keep the game deadlocked. Corey! Corey!

Repeat scale: 3