Need to Know: Droughts end, streaks go on

  • The Los Angeles Kings got their first win of the season as they won a rematch of the Western Conference finals against the Phoenix Coyotes. Anze Kopitar had two goals as the Kings’ top line recorded their first points of the season. The Coyotes have now lost four of five games, and Mike Smith has not played since suffering a lower body injury against Columbus. Last season’s Conn Smythe winner, Jonathan Quick, has struggled after an extended offseason that included back surgery but made 32 saves on Saturday.

  • Overcoming a sluggish start, the Blackhawks matched their best start in franchise history by improving to 5-0-0. Patrick Kane had two assists to increase his total to nine points in five games. Also, Corey Crawford came up big on all five penalty kills and had 24 saves on the night for his fourth win of the season. The Blue Jackets lost their third straight despite 21 saves from Steve Mason. This weekend, Columbus was supposed to be hosting the NHL All-Star Game, which was canceled because of the lockout.

  • Wade Redden scored his first NHL goal in almost three years as the Blues beat the Stars. St. Louis rallied past Dallas with a three-goal second period, sparked by David Perron’s two goals. Dallas’ Ryan Garbutt got his first goal of the season, but the Stars were unable to complete their late charge, even with a power play for the final 14.3 seconds of the game.

  • The ailing Flyers had no problem finding their offense in Sunrise, Fla., dispatching the Panthers 7-1 on Saturday night. Matt Read led the way with his first career hat trick, while Ilya Bryzgalov had 30 saves. Florida’s Jose Theodore gave up three goals on nine shots before Scott Clemmensen stepped in with 13 saves. The Panthers have been outscored 18-2 in their past four games – all losses. The Flyers have won their past two games after losing their first three.

  • With a four-goal third period, the Rangers rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to knock off the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, and earn their second win of the season Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. The team's front-loaded first line bounced back to combine for three of the team's five goals, including Marian Gaborik's game-deciding goal with 7:03 left in the third. Gaborik finished with a four-point game -- two goals and two assists -- while defenseman Marc Staal chipped in with a goal and an assist for his first multipoint game of the season. Outshot 42-17, the Leafs suffered their second straight loss as the result of a blown two-goal lead.

  • No one seems to have an answer for Patrick Marleau as the Sharks’ forward became the second player in NHL history to open the season with four straight multigoal games. Cy Denneny did it for Ottawa in the 1917-18 season. San Jose took a 2-0 lead in the first despite it taking 12 minutes for them to get their first shot on goal. Scott Gomez made his debut for the Sharks, playing on the fourth line and getting time on the second power-play unit.

  • Viktor Fasth stopped all three Nashville shootout attempts to win his NHL debut with Anaheim. The Ducks have won three of four games this season. Saturday’s win was capped by Corey Perry beating Vezina finalist Pekka Rinne in the shootout.

  • The Calgary Flames got their first win of the season in the Battle of Alberta, as Lee Stempniak scored a power-play goal and had two assists. Calgary also outshot Edmonton 35-20. Justin Schultz added a goal and two assists for the Oilers.

ESPN New York's Katie Strang contributed to this report.