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. A goal by Derick Brassard was waved off in the second period when the officials ruled Nick Foligno interfered with Crawford. That decision caused a sellout crowd of 18,381 to boo throughout the game.
Mark Letestu gave Columbus a 1-0 lead and Artem Anisimov scored late to make it interesting for the Blue Jackets, who have been outscored 12-3 in their losing skid.
Chicago killed all five penalties and was also 0 for 3 on the power play.
SHARKS 4, AVALANCHE 0: In 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 to lead 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.
RANGERS 5, 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 New York.
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: In Sunrise, Fla., Matt Read notched his first career hat trick as Philadelphia won its second straight after losing its 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.
KINGS 4, COYOTES 2: In Glendale, Ariz., Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles’ top line and the defending Stanley Cup Kings earned their first victory of the season. Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist for Los Angeles.
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, which trailed 2-1 in the second period.