Around the NHL: Blackhawks’ start sets NHL record
The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw, center, celebrates a goal by teammate Viktor Stalberg in the second period. Stalberg scored past goalie Antti Niemi, right.
Blackhawks 2, Sharks 1: Host Chicago set an NHL record for the best start to a season, beating San Jose last night to give the Blackhawks at least one point in their first 17 games.
Rookie Brandon Saad scored a short-handed goal early in the third period to snap a 1-all tie for the Blackhawks (14-0-3), who broke the points mark they shared with the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks.
Viktor Stalberg also scored for Chicago, which won its fourth straight game.
Penguins 3, Panthers 1: Matt Niskanen and Dustin Jeffrey scored third-period goals to send host Pittsburgh past Florida.
Chris Kunitz also scored for the Penguins.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin missed the last 15 minutes of the game after he was checked by Erik Gudbranson and slid back-first into the end boards. Canucks 1, Predators 0: Dale Weise scored at 9:14 of the third period and Roberto Luongo made 23 saves for the shutout for visiting Vancouver. The Canucks have won consecutive games after losing three straight. Nashville has lost three of its past four.
Oilers’ Hall suspended two games for kneeing
The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall for two games for kneeing Minnesota Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck.
The incident occurred late in the third period of the Oilers’ 3-1 loss on Thursday when Hall rammed into Clutterbuck, sending him out of the game.