Two rapid-fire goals late send Knights past skid­ding Hawks

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Jonathan Marches­sault and Alex Tuch scored 12 sec­onds apart in the third pe­riod to send the surg­ing Ve­gas Golden Knights past vis­it­ing Chicago 4-3 on Thurs­day night.

Ve­gas won for the sev­enth time in eight games and moved into a third-place tie with the Sharks in the Pa­cific Divi­sion with 33 points. The Blackhawks, mean­while, dropped their sixth straight and have been outscored 30-17 dur­ing the skid.

Af­ter al­low­ing the Blackhawks to score three con­sec­u­tive goals for a 3-2 lead in the third, the de­fend­ing West­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons re­sponded. Marches­sault fired a shot past goalie Corey Craw­ford to tie the game, and 12 sec­onds later, it was Tuch punch­ing one in to put Ve­gas back in front.

Reilly Smith and Deryk En­gel­land also scored for the Golden Knights. Marc-An­dre Fleury stopped 32 shots.

Jonathan Toews, Dy­lan Strome and Artem Anisi­mov scored for Chicago. Craw­ford made 32 saves

The Golden Knights con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate with their penalty kill, as they’ve gone seven games with­out al­low­ing a power-play goal. Since Nov. 23, Ve­gas has stopped 20 con­sec­u­tive power-play op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing four against Chicago.

Ve­gas took an early lead when Smith tipped the puck to him­self over Craw­ford, then dived across the crease while shoot­ing it into the net.

En­gel­land scored for the first time this sea­son when he fired a wrist shot from the point through traf­fic and over Craw­ford’s glove.

Toews inched closer to his 700th ca­reer point when he slammed a carom off the end boards past Fleury and cut Ve­gas’ lead in half four min­utes into the sec­ond.

Later in the pe­riod, it was Strome gath­er­ing Alex DeBrin­cat’s re­bound and fir­ing a shot from a wicked an­gle to tie it 2-2.

Devils 6, Kings 3:

Kyle Palmieri scored two goals and New Jersey stopped a los­ing streak at six games with a vic­tory at Los An­ge­les in a matchup of con­fer­ence cel­lar dwellers.

Canucks 5, Preda­tors 3:

Rookie sen­sa­tion Elias Pet­ters­son scored on his first NHL penalty shot and host Van­cou­ver beat Nashville to snap a four-game los­ing streak.

Flames 2, Wild 0:

Mike Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lind­holm scored twice and host Cal­gary beat Min­nesota. Smith got his sec­ond shutout of the sea­son and has won his past five games. Lind­holm scored his 14th and 15th goals of the sea­son and has 32 points in 29 games. His ca­reer high is 17 goals, reached with Carolina in 2014-15.

Cap­i­tals 4, Coy­otes 2:

An­dre Bu­rakovsky scored late in the third pe­riod, Pheonix Co­p­ley stopped 27 shots and vis­it­ing Wash­ing­ton beat Ari­zona. Jakub Vrana scored his third goal in two games and Matt Niska­nen had one on his birth­day to help the Cap­i­tals end Ari­zona’s four-game win­ning streak. Alex Ovechkin added an empty-net goal and be­came the fastest player in NHL his­tory — ninth over­all — with 5,000 ca­reer shots, reach­ing the mark in 1,031 ca­reer games. Mar­cel Dionne was the pre­vi­ous fastest at 1,215 games. Chris­tian Fis­cher and Law­son Crouse scored for Ari­zona.

Light­ning 3, Bru­ins 2:

Mathieu Joseph and An­thony Cirelli scored early in the third pe­riod and host Tampa Bay beat Bos­ton for its fifth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory. Bray­den Point also scored and Louis Domingue made 33 saves to help the NHL-lead­ing Light­ning im­prove to 22-7-1. David Pas­tr­nak also had a goal for Bos­ton, and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots.

Avalanche 5, Pan­thers 2:

Carl Soder­berg scored twice, J.T. Com­pher broke a third-pe­riod tie and vis­it­ing Colorado beat Florida. Mikko Ran­ta­nen and Gabriel Lan­deskog also scored, and Philipp Grubauer stopped 33 shots. Aaron Ek­blad and Colton Sce­viour scored for the Pan­thers.

Pen­guins 6, Is­lan­ders 2:

Phil Kes­sel had two goals and two as­sists, and Kris Le­tang also scored twice in host Pitts­burgh’s vic­tory over New York. Sid­ney Crosby had his 15th goal and had two as­sists. Jake Guentzel had three as­sists and has a ca­reer-best six-game points streak for Pitts­burgh. Casey DeSmith made 19 saves to win for the fifth time in six starts. An­ders Lee and Brock Nel­son scored for the Is­lan­ders.

Blue Jack­ets 4, Fly­ers 3:

Seth Jones scored his sec­ond goal of the game 10 sec­onds into over­time to lift vis­it­ing Columbus past Philadel­phia. Bran­don Du­bin­sky and Boone Jen­ner also scored for the Blue Jack­ets. Travis San­heim scored twice, and Claude Giroux had a goal and an as­sist for the Fly­ers.

Red Wings 5, Maple Leafs 4:

Dy­lan Larkin scored on a break­away at 2:48 of over­time and vis­it­ing Detroit beat Toronto af­ter blow­ing a three-goal lead in the third pe­riod.

Cana­di­ens 5, Sen­a­tors 2:

Paul Byron scored twice and Mon­treal beat host Ot­tawa to sweep the home-and-home se­ries.

Ethan Miller / Getty Im­ages

The Golden Knights’ Alex Tuch cel­e­brates with team­mates on the bench af­ter scor­ing a third-pe­riod goal.

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