While the Staples Center shook with the roar of the sellout crowd, while the Los Angeles Kings passed the Stanley Cup around the rink, while the championship banner was raised to the rafters, the Blackhawks idled in their dressing room.
‘‘Just tried to kill some time,’’ winger Marian Hossa said.
Then they went out and killed the mood.
The Hawks had what Patrick Kane called ‘‘the perfect start’’ to the season, silencing a giddy crowd by opening an early three-goal lead and cruising to a 5-2 victory in the lockout-delayed season opener Saturday. It wasn’t so much the victory that made it so perfect for the Hawks; it was the way they earned it.