nhl roundup | Saturday’s games
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 in the Sharks’ victory over the Avalanche. 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
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, 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.
Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 2
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 over the Maple Leafs. This one had all the signs of being another tough loss for the Rangers, who had already dropped three of their first four in the lockout-shortened season. But Staal got New York even at 2 at 7:36 of the third 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
Matt Read notched his first career hat trick and the Flyers beat the Panthers for their second straight win after losing their first three games of the season. Kimmo Timonen, Tye McGinn, Luke Schenn, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Flyers, and Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves. 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.
Blues 4, Stars 3
David Perron scored two goals and had an assist, and Wade Redden notched his first NHL goal in almost three years to lead the Blues. 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.
Kings 4, Coyotes 2
Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles’ top line and the defending Stanley Cup-champion 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. Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist and Jeff Carter also scored.