This was supposed to be the weekend for the NHL All-Star game at Nationwide Arena.
Instead, the Chicago Blackhawks flaunted their own constellation of stars.
Patrick Kane had yet another multipoint game with two assists, 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 host Columbus Blue Jackets.
The only other time the Blackhawks began a season 5-0-0 was 1971-72.
"That was one of those games where maybe we didn't play our best hockey like we've seen in the last five games, but as a team it doesn't matter who goes out there you've got to find a way to win," Toews said. "And we did that."
Crawford, who won for the fourth time this season, was solid all night but particularly when the Blackhawks were a man down. They killed all five penalties.
Badly outplayed at the outset, the Blackhawks played methodical, poised and unhurried hockey all night. Even when down 1-0, it seemed only a matter of time before they collected themselves and took control.
The All-Star Game, of course, was canceled by the 119-day lockout that reduced the season to 48 games for each team over 99 days.
Steve Mason held his own with 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who lost their third in a row.
Kings 4, Coyotes 2: Anze Kopitar scored two goals to spark Los Angeles' top line and the defending Stanley Cup champions earned their first win of the season, beating host Phoenix.
Scoreless through the season's first three games, the Kings' top line of Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Justin Williams had an extra jump against the Coyotes, combining for four points.
Jake Muzzin had a goal and an assist and Jeff Carter also scored for Los Angeles. Eight players had at least a point for the Kings.
Blues 4, Stars 3: David Perron scored two goals and had an assist, and Wade Redden notched his first NHL goal in almost three years to lead St. Louis over host Dallas.
Both of Perron's goals, as well as Chris Stewart's third of the season, were part of a three-goal second period that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead for St. Louis.
Flyers 7, Panthers 1: Matt Read notched his first career hat trick and Philadelphia beat host Florida for its second straight win after losing its first three games of the season.
Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 2: Defenseman Marc Staal scored the tying goal early in the third period and then set up Marian Gaborik's game-winner late to rally host New York to a victory over Toronto.
Staal got New York even at 2 at 7:36 of the third and then fired the drive that Gaborik deflected in with 7:03 left.
Canadiens: Forward Max Pacioretty will miss three-to-four weeks after having an emergency appendectomy.