Morning Bag Skate: Brandon Saad, Blackhawks crush Penguins

Our daily look at Blackhawks news and the happenings around the hockey world.

Brandon Saad had a trick in his return to the Chicago Blackhawks, who opened their season with a 10-1 blowout win against the two-time reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday at the United Center.

Ryan Hartman had five points (one goal, four assists) and Patrick Kane had four points (one goal, three assists). Hartman’s five points lead the league.


**RECAP: Saad scores hat trick in Hawks’ 10-1 win over Penguins (SCH)

**Schmaltz, Kero ‘fine’ after leaving game vs. Penguins (SCH)

**Watch: Saad scores hat trick (SCH)

**Watch: DeBrincat lays out Penguins’ Cole (SCH)

**Hawks blast Penguins with 4 goals in less than 3 minutes (SCH)

**Hawks’ new $65M practice facility is place for community (Chicago Sun Times)

**Eight-man rotation will keep Hawks’ blue line in flux (Chicago Sun Times)


**RECAP: Bruins defeat Preds in season opener (On The Forecheck)

**RECAP: Duchene has 2 points to help Avs past Rangers (Mile High Hockey)

**RECAP: Red Wings open new arena with win over Wild (Hockey Wilderness)

**Wild T25U25: Jonas Brodin at No. 2 (Hockey Wilderness)


**RECAP: Drouin scores SO winner in Habs win over Sabres (Habs Eyes On The Prize)

**RECAP: Ovechkin gets hat trick, SO goal in Capitals win against Senators (Japers’ Rink)

**RECAP: Ducks rally, beat Coyotes in Tocchet’s debut (Anaheim Calling)

**RECAP: Quick, Kings shut out Flyers in Stevens’ debut (

**Look: Bruins’ DeBrusk’s first NHL goal brings dad to tears (SBN)

**Bruins' Backes expected to miss 3-4 weeks with diverticulitis (Boston Globe)

**Senators sign Borowiecki to 2-year, $2.4M contract extension (Silver Seven)

**Hurricanes split captain duty between Jordan Staal, Justin Faulk (Canes Country)

**Hurricanes’ 2-captain decision raises questions where there shouldn’t be (Canes Country)

**Vegas waives goalie Pickard, name Subban backup (Knights On Ice)


**Hockey East preseason storylines (SBNCH)