Patrick Marleau made NHL history Saturday afternoon when he became the first player in 96 years to record four straight multi-goal games to begin a season.
The San Jose Sharks forward has two goals in each of San Jose’s four games this season – all wins - and is the NHL’s leading scorer with eight goals and 11 points (teammate Joe Thornton has a league-best nine assists and 11 points).
Marleau is the first player since Cy Denneny of the 1917-18 Ottawa Senators to open an NHL season with four straight multi-goal games.
The 4-0-0 Sharks host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.
Despite the Sharks’ unbeaten run, no team has had a stronger start to the season than the still undefeated Chicago Blackhawks.
The Blackhawks have matched the best start in franchise history and are 5-0-0, for the first time since 1971.
Among Chicago’s five wins are triumphs over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, the defending Pacific Division champion Phoenix Coyotes and the defending Central Division champion St. Louis Blues.
Chicago is also making the most of a challenging early season schedule with 10 of their first 12 games on the road.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE:
The Calgary Flames 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday combined with the Kings’ 4-2 win in Phoenix leaves the 0-3-1 Capitals as the only winless team in the NHL.
Both the Flames and Kings improved to 1-2-1 on the year with the wins. Kings’ No.1 center Anze Kopitar scored his first two goals of the season, as L.A. avoided its first four-game skid to begin a season since 1997-98.
The Caps four-game losing streak to begin the year is the first of its kind for Washington since Oct. 1993 and comes just one year after a franchise-best 7-0-0 start in 2011-12.
FORMER CAPS LANDING IN NEW PLACES:
Mike Knuble made his Philadelphia Flyers debut Saturday, just a day after he officially signed with the Black and Orange.
The 40-year-old had an assist and skated 14:23 spread over 18 shifts in the Flyers’ 7-1 win over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, FLA.
Meanwhile, according to TSN in Canada, former Caps center Jason Arnott is close to signing a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.
Arnott, 38, had 17 goals and 34 points in 72 games last season with the St. Louis Blues. The former Oiler, Star, Devil, Predator, Capital and Blue has played in 1244 regular-season games throughout his NHL career and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2000.
Knuble spent three seasons with the Capitals from 2009-2012, while Arnott had a brief stint with the Caps in 2011.