Well, that didn’t take long.
In Tampa, the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Tampa Bay Lightning posted three first period goals in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Steven Stamkos posted a goal and three points in the victory.
“This is the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Stamkos said. “It was nice to get out there. Playing with [Brayden] Point and [Ondrej] Palat makes life a little easier for sure. I haven’t played a lot of hockey for a long time so it was a good start.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in the win.
Tampa was 2-for-3 on the power play.
“The power play clicked a little bit tonight, so that was good to see,” Cooper said. “The guys have been getting their legs back with each day. You saw that tonight. We’ve got better in us. You saw that game pick up as the game went on, and I expect Friday to be a really good matchup.”
Point made the score 5-0 in the third with a goal.Dylan Strome scored late in the game to spoil the shutout for the Bolts.
“Certainly not the way we wanted to start the year,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. “Gave up too many chances and too many goals. … We did some good things, but our execution was lacking. We couldn’t make them pay.”
Malcolm Subban had 28 saves in the losing cause.
“I feel like we had a pretty good first 10 minutes, a couple of bounces went their way” Strome said. “We were playing OK. Once you get down a couple against these guys, it’s tough to chase the game. I thought we did some good things but obviously not good enough.”