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It's early, but Hawks look like repeaters

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.

FIRST PERIOD

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

 

SECOND PERIOD

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

Hawks newcomer Joakim Nordstrom puts on a sweet spin move in front of the net, but Holtby says no. 

Repeat scale: 2

Mikhail Grabovski zips it past Crawford's glove to tie it for Washington. With a name like that, you'd think he'd be a native South Sider. (He's actually from Belarus.)

Repeat scale: 1

Goal! Brent Seabrook punches in a power-play tally. Who says this guy scores only overtime winners?

Repeat scale: 5

Bryan Bickell rearranges the boards with Karl Azner's face. The goals will come for the big guy in time; for now he's busy throwing his weight around.  

Second period score: Blackhawks 3, Capitals 2

 

THIRD PERIOD

Somehow Shaw committed a tripping penalty with no time left in the second, and Mike Green takes advantage. There's GOOD annoying and BAD annoying, dude. 

Repeat scale: 2

D'oh, there's Grabovski again, deflecting one past Crawford. We've got a bad feeling about this one ... 

Repeat scale: 1

Goal! Brandon "The Manchild" Saad pokes one in off a terrific feed from Michal Handzus. Good thing they re-signed 'Zus in the offseason, eh?

Repeat scale: 5

Goal! Johnny Oduya's slap shot sneaks around Holtby to give the Hawks a late lead. Maybe the NHL shrunk his glove along with his leg pads.

Repeat scale:

Thank. You. Corey. Crawford. The Hawks had to scrap and fight off a 5-on-3 situation, drawing a HUGE ovation for the goalie. He adds save a point-blank save with a little over a minute left, and Hossa gets a gift empty netter. Take a bow, gentlemen. Hawks win.

Repeat scale: 5

Final score: Blackhawks 6, Capitals 4 

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