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Home opener vs. St. Louis Blues

by Mackenzie McCluer / Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Sharp fields questions from the media after a morning practice at the United Center on January 22, 2013, the day of the Chicago Blackhawks' home opener against the St. Louis Blues.

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Fans give defenseman Duncan Keith a warm welcome at the United Center before the start of the Blackhawks' first home game against the Blues.

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Bobby Hull and Patrick Kane greet fans during the pregame red carpet event at the United Center.

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Fans cheer as players walk down the red carpet. Click here to view Blackhawks TV's coverage of the event.

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Stan Mikita flashes a smile during a pregame party the Blackhawks front office hosted for the team's sponsors. Victory over the Blues gave the Blackhawks their first 3-0 start since the 1972-73 season, when Mikita was in his 15th year with the Blackhawks.

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Head coach Joel Quenneville has a word with assistant coach Mike Kitchen before heading out to the bench.

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Marian Hossa enters the rink.

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Fans cheer and sing through Jim Cornelison's performance of the Star-Spangled Banner.

ONE FAN ONLY national anthem
Attendance for the home game reached 21,455, just shy of last season's league-leading average of 21,533.

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The team lines up on the ice before the start of the game. Click here to view the video that played in the United Center right before the puck drop.

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The Blackhawks will play back-to-back games at home on four occasions during the regular season.

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A shot from Blues player Andy McDonald slips by Corey Crawford in the third period. The Blackhawks held on for a 3-2 win.

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Kane leads the Blackhawks in points (2G, 5A) through the first four games.

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A "Shoot the Puck" contestant celebrates after narrowly making her shot.

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Dave Bolland scrambles for the puck as Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko takes a tumble.

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Kane leaps onto Patrick Sharp to celebrate a first-period goal.

Photos by Bill Smith and Chase Agnello-Dean.

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