The Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2013 Stanley Cup title one last time on Tuesday night. The team had a ceremony and raised a giant banner in the United Center rafters to take its place alongside the franchise's other four championships.
Then, the puck dropped and Chicago's title defense officially began. The Blackhawks rallied in the third period, scoring three goals to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-4 in their season opener.
The 2013-14 NHL season began with two other games on Tuesday, including an Original Six rivalry matchup between the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. With just three games played on opening night, plenty of things stood out. 26 goals were scored. The defending champs were in midseason form. As was Alex Ovechkin. And unfortunately, there was already a brutal injury.
Have a look at five things that stood out on NHL's opening night.