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  • Blackhawks win fifth straight to open season

  • 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.
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  • 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.
    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.
    Sharks 4, Avalanche 0
    At 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.
    Kings 4, Coyotes 2
    At 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.
    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.
    Rangers 6, Maple Leafs 2
    At 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 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.
    Flyers 7, Panthers 1
    At 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.
    Wayne Simmonds, Tye McGinn, Luke Schenn, and Ruslan Fedotenko also scored for the Flyers, and Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves.
    Blues 4, Stars 3
    At 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 Dallas.
    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.
    Flames 4, Oilers 3
    At Calgary, Alberta, Lee Stempniak scored a power-play goal and added two assists to lead the Calgary Flames to their first win of the season.
    Jay Bouwmeester, Mikael Backlund and Curtis Glencross also scored for Calgary.
    Ducks 3, Predators 2, SO
    At Anaheim, Calif., Viktor Fasth made 19 saves and stopped all three Nashville shootout attempts to win his NHL debut, and Corey Perry scored the only shootout goal in the Anaheim Ducks' victory.
    Fasth, the Ducks' new 30-year-old backup goalie from Sweden, capped his solid debut performance by deftly gloving his deflection of David Legwand's final shootout attempt out of mid-air. Daniel Winnik and Bobby Ryan scored for the Ducks, who never led until the shootout in their third victory in four games to start the season.
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