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William Karlsson set a club record for the fastest goal to start a game as the Vegas Golden Knights extended their franchise-record winning streak to 10 games with a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Karlsson’s goal in the 10th minute set the tone. Vegas’s Max Pacioretty scored two goals and one assist, while Mark Stone had one goal and two assists. Jonathan Marchessault also scored a goal for the Golden Knights, who also broke a tie with the New York Islanders for the longest winning streak in the league this season. Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves and Vegas extended its lead in the Division West to six points. It was the 488th career victory for Fleury, who moved a distance from Roberto Luongo for third place on the NHL’s all-time win list. Devon Toews and Ryan Graves scored for second place for Colorado. Nathan MacKinnon added an assist to extend his points streak to 15 games, the longest of his career and in the NHL this season. Devan Dubnyk had 21 saves when Colorado lost its third straight game, the team’s longest losing streak this season. Maple Leafs 4, Canadiens 1 Jason Spezza and Morgan Rielly each had two assists and Jack Campbell made 32 saves as Toronto posted a road win over Montreal to become the first North Division team to clinch a postseason berth. The Leafs have won three straight games and hold a six-point lead over inactive Calgary for the division’s fourth and final playoff spot. The Habs are just 4-9-0 in their last 13 games. Nick Suzuki scored the Habs’ only goal, as Montreal has lost five of seven head-to-head meetings with Toronto this season. Spezza’s two assists give him 966 career NHL points, tying him with Canadiens legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 99th on the all-time points list. Toronto’s Joe Thornton became the seventh player in NHL history to hit the 1,100-assist plateau when he assisted on Jake Muzzin’s goal. Blues 4, Wild 3 Robert Thomas capped St. Louis’ three-goal third period by scoring the tiebreaker with 23 seconds remaining in regulation time in an impressive win over Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Blues trailed 3-1 after two periods, but Mike Hoffman scored his second power play goal of the night 3:49 in the third. Jordan Kyrou then pushed the puck through the legs of wild keeper Cam Talbot (28 saves) at the 7:41 mark. Thomas, who assisted in Kyrou’s goal, ended the comeback by throwing the puck past Talbot. Hoffman had three points, while Thomas, Kyrou and David Perron (two assists) each had two for the Blues. St. Louis goalkeeper Jordan Binnington made 26 saves. Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist, and Joel Eriksson Ek and Jonas Brodin scored for the Wild, whose seven-game winning streak ended. Oilers 3, Jets 1 Connor McDavid made history with three assists, while Tyson Barrie and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal and an assist to lead Edmonton past host Winnipeg. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl also scored and goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen made 29 saves on another great night for McDavid. The Oilers captain set an NHL record with nine consecutive multi-point games (seven goals, 15 assists) against a single opponent in a season. The Oilers have a three-point lead over the Jets in pursuit of second place in the North Division, and Edmonton has two games in hand. Blake Wheeler scored Winnipeg’s only goal. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for the Jets, who are on their worst five-game losing streak of the season. Sharks 4, Coyotes 2 San Jose scored three goals in the first period and Josef Korenar made 28 saves as the Sharks held out to defeat visiting Arizona. Evander Kane, Rudolfs Balcers and Kevin Labanc all scored early for San Jose, and Tomas Hertl added an empty goal in the final minute. The Sharks leveled the season series with the Coyotes with three wins apiece. Phil Kessel and Johan Larsson were the scorers for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper, who was pulled out of the Coyotes’ 6-4 loss in San Jose on Monday, made 27 saves Wednesday. Senators 6, Canucks 3 Brady Tkachuk had a Gordie Howe hat trick with a goal, an assist and a fight when Ottawa defeated visiting Vancouver. Thomas Chabot added a goal and an assist for the Senators, who moved from last place in the all-Canadian North Division for the first time since the first week of the season. Victor Mete, Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Colin White also scored for Ottawa, which took three of Vancouver’s four games in the home and home series that featured two games in each city. Alex Formenton had two assists and goalkeeper Marcus Hogberg made 19 saves. Ducks 3, Kings 2 Cam Fowler scored with 1:01 left in the game and visiting Anaheim rallied to beat Los Angeles. Sam Carrick and Sam Steel also scored, and John Gibson made 28 saves for the Ducks, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period to end a five-game losing streak. Adrian Kempe scored a goal and an assist, Gabriel Vilardi also scored and Calvin Petersen made 19 saves for the Kings, who lost eight points from last playoff spot in the West Division with nine games to play. –Field level media