COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jonathan Toews scored the game-winner early in the third period and Corey Crawford had 24 saves to help Chicago match the best start in franchise history with a 3-2 victory Saturday night over the Columbus Blue Jackets, running the Blackhawks' record to 5-0-0.
The only other time the Blackhawks began a season 5-0-0 was 1971-72.
Patrick Kane had two assists for the Blackhawks, who have a 40-23-7 record all-time against the Blue Jackets. Crawford, who won for the fourth time this season, was solid all night but particularly when the Blackhawks were a man down.
Steve Mason held his own with 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost their third in a row.
SHARKS 4, AVALANCHE 0
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau became the second player in NHL history to open a season with four straight multigoal games, striking twice on the power play in the first period for San Jose.
Marleau has scored exactly two goals in each game this season, joining Ottawa's Cy Denneny in 1917-18 as the only players to open a campaign with four multigoal games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Joe Thornton added a power-play goal in the second period, giving San Jose 10 power-play goals in four games and a franchise record 19 overall.
The Avalanche lost their seventh straight game in San Jose since winning Game 1 of their first-round playoff series in 2010.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 2
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles' top line and the defending Stanley Cup champs earned their first victory of the season.
Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles, which matched its season total for goals to avoid its first four-game winless start since 1997-98. Eight players had at least a point for the Kings.
RANGERS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2
The Rangers came in having dropped three of their first four in the lockout-shortened season, and trailed 2-1 in the third. But Staal got New York even at 2 at 7:36 and then fired the drive that Gaborik deflected in with 7:03 left.
The Rangers held a commanding shots advantage throughout and finished with a 42-17 edge, but they trailed 2-0 in the first period.
FLYERS 7, PANTHERS 1
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Matt Read notched his first career hat trick and Philadelphia won its second straight after losing the first three games of the season.
Peter Mueller scored for the Panthers and Scott Clemmensen stopped 13 shots in relief of Jose Theodore, who was pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots in the first period. The Panthers have lost four straight after winning their season opener. They have been outscored 18-2 in that stretch.
The Flyers won their fourth straight game at Florida.
BLUES 4, STARS 3
Both of Perron's goals, as well as Chris Stewart's third of the season, were part of a three-goal second period that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead for St. Louis.
Ryan Garbutt's first goal of the season pulled Dallas to within one 2:24 into the third, but the Stars' late charge fell just short. Dallas also had a power play for the final 14.3 seconds, but time ran out.
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