It didn’t take long for former Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer to find work.

After being fired by San Jose on Dec. 11, DeBoer on Wednesday was hired to coach the Vegas Golden Knights.

DeBoer — who had a 15-16-2 record with the Sharks this season — replaces Gerard Gallant, who was dismissed less than two years after leading Vegas to the Stanley Cup Finals in the team’s first season of existence.

The Golden Knights are tied for seventh place in the Western Conference, but have lost four in a row.

“We’re right in the mix, so this isn’t a case where the bottom fell out and we were left with no choice,” general manager Brad McCrimmon said. “It was a situation more where proactively it was our belief that this was going to be the best thing for our organization.”

• Washington center Nicklas Backstrom signed a five-year, $46 million extension through the 2024-25 season.

• Boston goalie Tuukka Rask will be out indefinitely with a concussion, the Bruins said.

• Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper was scratched from the Pacific Division roster for the All-Star Game this month because of a lower-body injury. Calgary goalie David Rittich was named as his replacement.

Wednesday’s games

Blackhawks 4, Canadiens 1: Zack Smith scored two goals as visiting Chicago won its third in a row.

Flyers 4, Blues 3: Jakub Voracek scored at 3:33 of overtime for visiting Philadelphia.