Taylor Hall had a hat trick and the Edmonton 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 saves 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 for the fastest hat trick to start a game at 7:53, beating 12:38 set by Wayne Gretzky in 1986.
The Oilers are in a four-team tie just one point back of eighth seed St. Louis in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Canucks (19-10-6) had their six-game winning streak ended.
Edmonton was unstoppable to begin the game, scoring on its first three shots.
The Oilers got to Cory Schneider quickly, scoring just 16 seconds into the game on the first shot of the game.
Hall came in wide with speed for a breakaway and blasted a shot glove-side over Schneider's shoulder for an early 1-0 Edmonton...