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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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.

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SHARKS 4, AVALANCHE 0

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - 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.

Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for his first career shutout and Matt Irwin got his first career goal as the Sharks are off to their best start since also winning the first four games in 2008-09.

The Avalanche lost their seventh straight game in San Jose since winning Game 1 of their first-round playoff series in 2010.

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RANGERS 6, MAPLE LEAFS 2

NEW YORK (AP) - 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.

The Rangers held a commanding shots advantage throughout and finished with a 42-17 edge, but they trailed 2-0 in the first period.

Brad Richards, who also assisted on Gaborik's winner, got the Rangers within 2-1 in the second. Gaborik added two assists and an empty-net goal with 1:15 to go. Brian Boyle also scored for New York.

Mikhail Grabovski and James van Riemsdyk scored first-period goals for the Maple Leafs.

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FLYERS 7, PANTHERS 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - 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, 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. The Panthers have lost four straight after winning their season opener. They have been outscored 18-2 in that stretch.

The Flyers won their fourth straight game at Florida.

 
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