Stickless Stephenson will get winner, Vegas beats Coyotes 4-2


LAS VEGAS (AP) — A stickless Chandler Stephenson was credited with the game-winning aim, Robin Lehner made 30 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Monday night time.

Not too lengthy after the primary of Reilly Smith’s two objectives tied it early within the third interval, Vegas defenseman Zach Whitecloud gathered a free puck from a faceoff in Arizona’s zone and fired a shot off Stephenson’s again to offer Vegas its first lead of the sport.

Max Pacioretty additionally scored for the Golden Knights, his third aim in three video games.

Vegas has gained two straight after trailing to begin the third interval. The Golden Knights personal a 7-0 goal-differential within the ultimate interval and improved to 3-0-0 general.

Tyler Pitlick and Nick Schmaltz scored Arizona. Goaltender Darcy Kuemper stopped 24 photographs.

Arizona seemed like the higher workforce from the outset, controlling the tempo with extra depth than the Golden Knights, who struggled with sloppiness all through the primary interval.

Pitlick took benefit of Vegas’ miscues when he intercepted Mark Stone’s cross in Arizona’s zone, skated the size of the ice and beat Lehner with a wrist shot that went off the crossbar and in to place the Coyotes on the board with a short-handed aim. It was Pitlick’s first aim and level as a member of the Coyotes after spending final season with Philadelphia.

Vegas had two of its higher possibilities within the second interval, each throughout a penalty kill. William Karlsson hit the left nook of the put up on a breakaway, and Tomas Nosek failed to seek out the five-hole throughout a 2-on-0 break, as Kuemper got here up huge once more.

Schmaltz rewarded his netminder by giving him a 2-0 lead when his shot from the correct circle appeared to carom off Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez and previous Lehner. Derick Brassard help on the aim was three hundredth of his profession.

Pacioretty bought Vegas on the board with a nifty shot from behind the aim line, the place he chipped his personal rebound off the again of Kuemper’s shoulder with Vegas’ first shot on aim after an 11:28 drought to chop Arizona’s lead in half.

Smith, who scored a career-high 27 objectives final season, backhanded his first of the season after linemate William Karlsson dished a good looking no-look backward cross between his legs from behind the online 4 minutes into the third interval.

Smith’s empty-net aim with 12 seconds left iced the sport.


The Coyotes and Golden Knights meet once more Wednesday at T-Cell Enviornment as a part of a four-game, home-and-home collection, with the ultimate two going down Friday and Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.


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