The Detroit Red Wings’ power play is in full flight after an 0-for-18 start.
Johan Franzen scored two of Detroit’s three power-play goals and added an assist, and Valtteri Filppula had a goal and three assists to help the Red Wings remain unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night at Detroit.
The Red Wings (5-0-0) and the Capitals (6-0-0) play tonight. They are the NHL’s only two unbeaten teams. Columbus (0-6-1) is the league’s only winless squad.
Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and an assist for Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk also scored, Tomas Holmstrom added two assists, and Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.
Sharks 4, Devils 3 - Michal Handzus and Ryane Clowe scored shootout goals and San Jose celebrated captain Joe Thornton’s 1,000th NHL game with a victory at Newark.
Thornton had a goal and set up Joe Pavelski’s tying tally with 32.4 seconds left in regulation to help the Sharks snap a three-game skid and end the Devils’ three-game winning streak. Clowe also scored in regulation for San Jose.
Zach Parise scored on a second-period penalty shot, and Patrik Elias and David Clarkson had the other goals for New Jersey, which got a 38-save performance from Johan Hedberg.
Stars 3, Ducks 1 - Loui Eriksson had a fluke goal 13 seconds after the opening faceoff and scored again early in the third period, leading visiting Dallas to its fifth straight win.
Mike Ribeiro also scored for the Stars, 6-1-0 after missing the playoffs in each of the previous three seasons. It’s their best start since 2006-07, when they won eight of their first nine.
The loss ended Anaheim’s four-game winning streak.
Blues 3, Hurricanes 2 - Matt D’Agostini scored at 3:58 of overtime for host St. Louis, which snapped a two-game losing streak and ended Columbus’s three-game winning streak.
Jason Arnott and David Backes scored in regulation to help the Blues overcome a 2-0 deficit, and Brian Elliott made 27 saves. Brandon Sutter had a goal and an assist for Carolina.