CHICAGO -- As the Blackhawks championship montage played, the eyes of all 22,000-plus locked on Brent Seabrook's bearded mug, screaming in glee and thrust back as if the defenseman were gasping for air amid a sea of teammates.
This was Seabrook celebrating one of his stirring and unlikely overtime game-winners during the Stanley Cup run, just one of many scenes that rekindled warm and fuzzy sensations for those in attendance Tuesday.
He added another one later in the evening. It didn't quite last.
A season-opening 6-4 victory over the Capitals featured a couple of new wrinkles the defending champions could take or leave.
The good news: Seabrook retained his postseason scoring touch, and the much-maligned power play seized momentum and put a score on the board.
The bad: The Capitals notched three power-play goals against the previously impenetrable Hawks penalty kill, which surrendered just 18 scores while down a man during the 48-game regular season in 2013 and seven in the postseason run to the Cup. The Hawks redeemed themselves a bit when they survived a 5-on-3 late in the third period.
Seabrook had three goals in the playoffs after tallying eight during the abbreviated regular season, most notably putting the Game 7 exclamation point on the Hawks' rally from a 3-1 series deficit against the Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals. He provided another right-place, right-time moment Tuesday.
When the Capitals' Connor Carrick went to the box for hooking minutes after Washington had tied the score 2-2, the Hawks' power-play unit that converted a middling 16.7 percent during the season -- dropping to 11.4 percent during the playoffs -- encountered another chance to stifle a push from a team that had just tied it.
Marian Hossa worked a give-and-go from the faceoff circle with Brandon Saad, ultimately charging toward the front of the net and ripping a shot from short range. The Capitals' Braden Holtby kicked that effort aside, but Seabrook was waiting for the rebound and gave the Hawks a 3-2 lead when he lasered a shot to the top shelf.
It wouldn't last. The first-period power-play score from Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin seemed an anomaly -- until it was followed by goals from Mike Green and Mikhail Grabovski with the man advantage to recapture a 4-3 advantage.
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