Reality set in for the Los Angeles Kings soon after the lights were turned back on at Staples Center.

The Stanley Cup is again up for grabs, and the Kings need to be much better than they were Saturday if they want the opportunity to play for it again.

The Chicago Blackhawks silenced the previously deafening and delirious sold-out crowd of 18,545 with three goals in the first period and another early in the second before finishing off a 5-2 victory thanks to a three-point afternoon from Marian Hossa and 19 saves from Corey Crawford.

"That's probably the perfect game, team-wise, to start the year," Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane said.

The Kings, who perhaps were left flat-footed by a stirring pregame ceremony that included them receiving championship rings from Tiffany & Co., an appearance by the Stanley Cup, and the championship banner going up to the rafters, didn't respond until Rob Scuderi scored late in the second period.

By then it was much too late.