Tuch’s OT goal vs. Avs gives Knights top seed

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Golden Knights 4, Avalanche 3

EDMONTON, Al­berta — Alex Tuch scored 4:44 into over­time, and Ve­gas beat Col­orado to earn the No. 1 seed in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

The Golden Knights will face Chicago in the first round of the play­offs. The sec­ond-seeded Avs take on Ari­zona.

Tuch scored the win­ner on a shot over the shoul­der of Avalanche goal­tender Philipp Grubauer. Jonathan Marches­sault had two goals and Ni­co­las Roy also scored for the Golden Knights. Ve­gas’ Robin Lehner fin­ished with 32 saves in start­ing over Marc-An­dre Fleury.

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Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jack­ets 3

TORONTO — Aus­ton Matthews scored on a power play 13:10 into over­time and Toronto stunned Colum­bus, forc­ing a Game 5 in the teams’ qual­i­fy­ing se­ries.

Toronto ral­lied from a 3-0, third-pe­riod deficit to tie the game and the se­ries. The Leafs scored three times in 3:34 to knot the score late in a game that Colum­bus and goalie Elvis Mer­z­likins had largely con­trolled.

Wil­liam Ny­lan­der, John Tavares and Zach Hy­man also scored for the Maple

Leafs, and for­mer Nor­folk Ad­mi­ral Fred­erik An­der­sen had 36 saves.

Black­hawks 3, Oil­ers 2

EDMONTON — Bran­don Saad, Matthew High­more and Do­minik Kuba­lik scored for Chicago in a vic­tory over Edmonton, knock­ing the Oil­ers out of the post­sea­son tour­na­ment.

The Black­hawks won the best-of-five qual­i­fy­ing se­ries 3-1. Chicago ad­vances to the round of 16. For­mer Ad­mi­ral Corey Craw­ford made 41 saves for the win.

Josh Archibald and Ryan Nu­gen­tHop­kins scored for Edmonton. Mikko Kosk­i­nen stopped 25 shots in the loss.

Canucks 5, Wild 4

EDMONTON — Christophe­r Tanev’s slap shot just 11 sec­onds into over­time gave Van­cou­ver a vic­tory over Min­nesota to win the best-of-five West­ern Con­fer­ence qual­i­fy­ing se­ries in four games.

Bo Hor­vat scored the third ty­ing goal of the game for Van­cou­ver, with 5:46 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion.

Luke Kunin, Eric Staal, Joel Eriks­son Ek and Nico Sturm had the goals for the Wild, which squan­dered a two-goal ad­van­tage over a 3:05 span mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod.

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