SAN JOSE, Calif. — Patrick Marleau became the second player in NHL history to open a season with four consecutive multigoal games, striking twice on the power play in the first period in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 victory against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday.
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.
BLACKHAWKS 3, BLUE JACKETS 2
In 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 victory over the 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.
RANGERS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2
In New York, defenseman Marc Staal scored the tying goal early in the third period and then set up Marian Gaborik’s game-winner late to rally the Rangers.
Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk scored first-period goals for the Maple Leafs.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 2
In Glendale, Ariz., Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles’ top line and the Kings earned their first victory of the season.
Scoreless through the season’s first three games, the Kings’ top line of Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams had an extra jump against the Coyotes, combining for four points.
FLYERS 7, PANTHERS 1
In 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.
Kimmo Timonen, Tye McGinn, Luke Schenn, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Flyers.
BLUES 4, STARS 3
In Dallas, David Perron scored two goals and had an assist, and Wade Redden notched his first NHL goal in almost three years to lead St. Louis past the Stars.