SAN JOSE, Calif. – Patrick Marleau became the second player in NHL history to open a season with four straight multi-goal 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, a feat last accomplished in 1917-18 by Cy Denneny of the original Ottawa Senators, 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.
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 its record to 5-0.
The only other time Chicago began a season 5-0 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 New York.
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.
FLYERS 7, PANTHERS 1: Matt Read notched his first career hat trick and Philadelphia won its second straight game 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.
The Panthers have lost four straight after winning their season opener. They have been outscored 18-2 in that stretch.
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 St. Louis over Dallas.
The Blues just acquired Redden after the veteran defenseman was bought out by the New York Rangers, who had banished him to their AHL team since 2010-11.
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.
CANADIENS: Forward Max Pacioretty will miss three to four weeks after having an emergency appendectomy. The 24-year-old has four assists in three games this season.