Taylor Hall's record-setting game helped get the Edmonton Oilers closer in the Western Conference playoff race.
Hall had a hat trick and the Oilers scored early and often to make it three victories in a row for the first time this season, cruising past the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Saturday.
Devan Dubnyk made 23 stops for his second shutout of the season and Ladislav Smid also scored for the Oilers (14-13-7), who are 6-2-2 in their past 10 games.
Hall's third goal also set an Oilers record as the fastest hat trick to start a game at 7:53 -- beating the 12:38 set by Wayne Gretzky in 1986.
''It's a pretty special moment that I will never forget,'' Hall said. ''Playing in an organization like this one, the records you are trying to break have been set by pretty legendary players.''
The Oilers are in a four-team tie one point back of eighth-seed St. Louis in the Western Conference playoff race.
''We're a whole different team right now,'' Oilers coach Ralph Krueger said. ''You can s...