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