LAS VEGAS (AP) – Riley Smith twice defeated the Golden Knights of Vegas on Friday night, beating Arizona Coyotes 7-4.
The Golden Knights also scored goals for Jon Onatan Marcelo, William Carrier, Keegan Colesar, Chandler Stephenson, Max Pescioreti and Robin Lenner with 22 saves.
After a 5-0 lead at the start of the second half, Vegas survived the third round, improving 12-5-0 at all times against Arizona, including 4-1-0 this season.
Nick Schmaltz, Drayden Hunt, Clayton Keller and Michael Bunting scored goals for the Coyotes.
Adin Hill stopped 27 of his first 32 shots, and Ivan Prosvetov entered the game to start the third, stopping three of the four.
Arizona, which was playing its sixth game in a nine-game nine-game high-level trip, entered the game, winning six of its previous eight (6-2-0). Tired Coyotes are nearing the end of a season where they play 16 of 20 games at the Gila River Arena.
It didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to victimize Hill as they went 4-0 in less than nine minutes, including goals in a power play with a short hand from the fourth line. By putting pressure on Arizona’s defense and making some groundbreaking changes, Vegas beat the Coyotes 22-8 in the first round, including 13 of the first 14 shots of the game.
“That’s the way we wanted it to be,” Smith said of the Vegas start. “Good efforts up and down among us.”
Marquezo started the attack when he took Pacioretty’s seam through the hole and buried his wrist on a power play. Carrier bounced back as he struck his third shot from Hill’s save from 2-0.
The goal prompted the disappointed Arizona coach Rick Tokhet to call his team’s only time-out, just 4:41 minutes into the game.
It did not help.
Colesar ran behind the net, chasing Ilya Lyubushkin, stealing the top of the front, hitting the wrist to beat Hill for the second goal of his career.
Finally, during the short break 2: With a score of 0, Smith slipped into the belt, passed to William Carlson, and then a one-time return pass gave Vegas a 4-0 lead.
“There are four or five boys who had a really hard night,” Tochet said. “Some boys could not match. We could not catch the puppy. We could not keep the warning. Vegas, when they smell blood, they will give it to you. This team cannot have four or five boys who are not ready. We just looked scared there. Some boys have to climb here. I’m looking for something. The boy may punch the boy in the mouth. Something. You have to go crazy. You can not just accept it. That’s what comes, you’re looking for leadership. “
The “Golden Knights” led the high-risk opportunities with a score of 10-12 after the first round.
The danger was in the second, when Stephenson had a 5-0 advantage over Vegas from the beginning, while ending the goal drought of 13 games.
During that time, Arizona showed some life, using force when Schmaltz was finally able to solve Lenner with a wrist stick.
The Coyotes made things interesting with goals in the first three shots of the third.
Smith scored his second goal of the game to stop the bleeding, shortly after he hit Prosvetov’s top of the box on the far side to turn Vegas’ goal into a short three-pointer. Bunting responded 15 seconds later when he removed the Poles from the net, waited for the opening and hit him with an open eye.
“We slept a little, we were not faithful to our game,” Smith added. “We have to play 60 minutes to get the teams out.”
Pacioretty’s empty net goal froze the game, the 299th of his career.
“You’re frustrated because you don’t go out feeling good,” said Vegas coach Peter DeBuer. “You have to come out feeling great in that game. We should have known that they were going to push to the end. We will get rid of it. “
RO RO AGAIN
Bunting set an NHL record when he became the first player in history to make his first 11 career appearances in a series that began on December 11, 2018.
Phil Kessel, who had three assists and led the Coyotes with nine long-term points, overtook Steve Larmer (884) for the fifth-longest consecutive game in NHL history.
DON’T HAVE ANY DAMAGE
The Coyotes lost Christian Fischer when Carrier equalized in the neutral zone, where the striker was the first to enter the safety cup between the team benches. Fisher was helped by ice. After the game, Tochet said he had no updates.
Pacioretty played in her 800th career and Shea Theodore played in her 300th.
The teams wrap up their two games in Las Vegas on Sunday
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