The Washington Capitals dominantly beat the Boston Bruins 7 to 0 on their opening game of 2018 season. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup the previous season for the first time in their team history.

What are the top 5 biggest opening game wins by the defending NHL champions?

  • Perhaps this tweet (posted also in chat) might help you get an answer. Although it would be nice to find a more reliable source.
    – Martin
    Oct 8, 2018 at 13:30

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Shamelessly stealing from NHL's Public Relations department (which is a plenty reliable source) plus using Pro Hockey Reference game logs for verification and goal difference, here are the top 5 biggest opening game wins by defending Stanley Cup Champions (the year being the calendar year the respective team won the Stanley Cup):

  • 1976 Montreal Canadiens: 9 goals (10-1)
  • 1965 Montreal Canadiens: 7 goals (8-1)
  • 2018 Washington Capitals: 7 goals (7-0)
  • 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs: 5 goals (7-2)
  • 1938 Chicago Black Hawks: 5 goals (6-1)
  • Please add a link to the NHL PR source you mentioned, also note that this does not match the tweet mentioned in the question's comments
    – alamoot
    Oct 9, 2018 at 12:59
  • @alamoot Link added. What doesn't match the tweet? I don't follow.
    – user16112
    Oct 9, 2018 at 13:04
  • The list you provided is not the same list as the one in the tweet
    – alamoot
    Oct 9, 2018 at 13:37
  • @alamoot You asked for biggest opening game wins by defending Stanley Cup champions. The tweet provides most goals scored in the opening game by defending Stanley Cup champions.
    – user16112
    Oct 9, 2018 at 13:44
  • perfect, that's what I want
    – alamoot
    Oct 9, 2018 at 13:59

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