The Kings took the Stanley Cup for one more skate around the Staples Center ice before their season-opening game Saturday afternoon against the Chicago Blackhawks. The Kings also raised their championship banner to the rafters and received their diamond-encrusted rings.

All was right in their world.

The Kings’  Colin Fraser (#24) and the Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig (#52) hit the boards during their game at Staples Center Saturday,  January
The Kings' Colin Fraser (#24) and the Blackhawks' Brandon Bollig (#52) hit the boards during their game at Staples Center Saturday, January 19, 2013. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer) (Hans Gutknecht / Staff Photographer)

Then someone had to go and drop the puck and the Blackhawks had to go and put it into the back of the net, ruining a party that was delayed by the four-month NHL lockout. The Blackhawks built a 4-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 18,545.

Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Michael Frolik and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago during a relentless attack that resulted in a commanding lead after only 21 minutes, 16 seconds had been played. The Blackhawks' speed and skill with the puck was on full display.

The Kings couldn't keep pace, leaving goaltender Jonathan Quick vulnerable all too often. The Kings also failed to generate the required sustained offensive pressure to produce a goal until their fourth line began to buzz Corey Crawford's net late in the second period.

Defenseman Rob Scuderi's shot from near the left point whistled through traffic and past Crawford to cut the Kings' deficit to 4-1 with only 1:23 left in the second period. Scuderi's goal gave Kings fans something to cheer after they watched the Blackhawks run wild in the early going.

Jordan Nolan's re-direction of defenseman Matt Greene's pass from the right faceoff brought the Kings to within 4-2 with 10:40 left in the game. But it took only 15 seconds for Hossa to score his second of the game, a long-range shot that beat Quick to the glove side, and make it 5-2.

Kane scored the first goal of the season, on a 5-on-3 power play, only 3:41 into the game. Hossa added an even-strength goal at 12:57, then Frolik made it 3-0 with a laser into the back of the net at 14:11. Toews scored after Quick stopped Kane on a breakaway at 1:16 of the second.

Staples Center, which crackled with energy and excitement during nearly 30-minute ring and banner ceremony, grew silent as the Blackhawks rolled to their big early lead. Chicago made the most of its scoring chances, but the Kings' opportunities were few and far between.

The Kings’ Dustin Brown (#23) moves the puck up the ice  as the Blackhawks’ Martin Hossa (#81) pursues during their game at Staples Center
The Kings' Dustin Brown (#23) moves the puck up the ice as the Blackhawks' Martin Hossa (#81) pursues during their game at Staples Center Saturday, January 19, 2013. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff Photographer) (Hans Gutknecht / Staff Photographer)

Fans arrived hours before the opening faceoff in anticipation of the raising of the championship banner and the awarding of championship rings to the players. The previous banners and the retired jersey numbers were moved from the west wall and hanged from the rafters at the east end.

It created a new look for the arena, with the Lakers' 16 championship banners and their retired jersey numbers at one end of the building and the Kings' now at the opposite end. Now there is plenty of room for more championship banners and more retired jerseys.

The Kings took the ice with a new look, too. Center Anze Kopitar and defenseman Willie Mitchell, two key figures during their run to the Stanley Cup last spring, did not dress because of knee injuries.

Kopitar has a sprained knee and Mitchell underwent offseason surgery.

There is no timetable for either to make his season debut.

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