Maple Leafs 6, Oilers 1
Jimmy Vesey scored twice, Frederik Andersen made 26 saves in his return from an injury and NHL-leading Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Edmonton with a victory Wednesday night.
John Tavares and Zach Hyman each had a goal and an assist, and William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyhev also scored to help Toronto improve to 18-4-2.
“Edmonton was red-hot coming into it and chasing us in the standings,” Vesey said. “To win three games like that so decisively, I think it’s a real step.”
Andersen returned after missing four games with a lower-body injury. Auston Matthews, the NHL goals leader with 18, also was back after missing the last two games with a sore wrist/hand.
“It’s a full team effort,” Matthews said. “Our goaltending’s been unbelievable these last three games. Three different goalies, three phenomenal games. We’ve got to put this one behind us and move onto the next.”
The Maple Leafs outscored the Oilers 13-1 in the three games, winning 4-0 on Saturday night and 3-0 on Monday night. NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid was held without a point for the Oilers in three straight games for just the third time in his career.
“We came out strong,” McDavid said. “But I thought we came out strong in all three games, and they find a way to get up a couple goals and it’s the same old story. For whatever reason, we couldn’t figure those guys out.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored for Edmonton. The Oilers dropped to 14-11-0.
“It’s very concerning,” Edmonton coach Dave Tippett said. “It’s very concerning that we don’t want to grab the competitive level in a series like this.”
Golden Knights 5, Wild 1
Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 saves and Vegas beat Minnesota to sweep the two-game set and remain atop the West Division, one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues.
Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, Mark Stone, Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson scored.
Fleury improved to 11-3-0. He has limited teams to two goals or fewer in 10 of his 14 appearances.
Marcus Foligno scored for Minnesota.
Avalanche 4, Sharks 0
Mikko Rantanen scored twice and had two assists as the Colorado beat San Jose on Wednesday night.
Philipp Grubauer made 26 saves for his 14th career shutout and the Avalanche got payback for a 6-2 loss Monday night in San Jose.
Gabriel Landeskog added a goal and three assists for Colorado, which went 3-1 on its road trip and pulled into a three-way tie for third place in the West Division with Arizona and Minnesota.
Martin Jones stopped 34 shots for San Jose and was particularly sharp in the first two periods, giving up just one goal. But the Avalanche turned up the pressure with three goals in the third to break it open.
Blues 3, Ducks 2
Jordan Binnington made 27 saves and St. Louis scored on all three of its power plays to beat skidding Anaheim.
Oskar Sundqvist, Brayden Schenn and Zach Sanford scored for St. Louis. The Blues are 6 for 10 with the man advantage against Anaheim this season. Overall, the Blues have converted 17.1% of their power plays.
St. Louis has won all four meetings against the Ducks this year and six of their last seven.
Max Comtois and Rickard Rakell scored for Anaheim. The Ducks are 0-6-2 in their last eight.
Coyotes 3, Kings 2
Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz scored power-play goals in the second period and Antti Raanta made 40 saves in Arizona’s victory over Los Angeles.
Johan Larsson scored 13 seconds after Schmaltz’s goal, and the Coyotes snapped a two-game skid by hanging on in the final minute of their only road game in a 27-day span.
Drew Doughty and Gabriel Vilardi scored for the Kings.
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