Stickless Stephenson gets winner, Vegas beats Coyotes 4-2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A stickless Chandler Stephenson was credited with the recreation-winning intention, Robin Lehner made thirty saves and the Vegas Golden Knights defeat the Arizona Coyotes 4-two on Monday night.

Not as well extensive immediately after the to start with of Reilly Smith’s two ambitions tied it early in the third time period, Vegas defenseman Zach Whitecloud gathered a loose puck from a faceoff in Arizona’s zone and fired a shot off Stephenson’s back again to give Vegas its to start with lead of the recreation.

“My back again was to the engage in, I was seeking to get my stick back again … just ideal position, ideal time,” Stephenson reported. “One of those lucky types you are grateful to get.”

Max Pacioretty also scored for the Golden Knights, his third intention in three game titles.

Vegas has gained two straight immediately after trailing to start off the third time period. The Golden Knights very own a 7- intention-differential in the closing time period and enhanced to 3– all round.

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

“They made a force,” Pitlick reported. “I imagined we have been however taking part in pretty effectively, but they made a fantastic force there and they obtained two ambitions. That 1 was a small bit lucky I imagined, it is what it is. We played a pretty fantastic recreation all round.”

Arizona looked like the superior team from the outset, controlling the speed with much more depth than the Golden Knights, who struggled with sloppiness all over the to start with time period.

Pitlick took edge of Vegas’ miscues when he intercepted Mark Stone’s go in Arizona’s zone, skated the duration of the ice and defeat Lehner with a wrist shot that went off the crossbar and in to place the Coyotes on the board with a brief-handed intention. It was Pitlick’s to start with intention and place as a member of the Coyotes immediately after paying out very last season with Philadelphia.

However on the electric power engage in, the Golden Knights obtained an further enhance with a five-on-3 edge but couldn’t remedy Kuemper, who stopped 4 photographs on the entire electric power engage in. Kuemper, who commenced the campaign as the only NHL netminder to have a .920 conserve share or increased in every single of the very last three seasons, stopped all eight of Vegas’ photographs he confronted in the to start with time period.

Vegas had two of its superior probabilities in the 2nd time period, each all through a penalty get rid of. William Karlsson hit the still left corner of the article on a breakaway, and Tomas Nosek unsuccessful to come across the five-hole all through a two-on- split, as Kuemper arrived up significant once more.

Schmaltz rewarded his netminder by giving him a two- lead when his shot from the ideal circle appeared to carom off Vegas defenseman Alec Martinez and past Lehner. Derick Brassard assist on the intention was three hundredth of his career.

Pacioretty obtained Vegas on the board with a nifty shot from powering the intention line, exactly where he chipped his very own rebound off the back again of Kuemper’s shoulder with Vegas’ to start with shot on intention immediately after an 11:28 drought to reduce Arizona’s lead in half.

Smith, who scored a career-higher 27 ambitions very last season, backhanded his to start with of the season immediately after linemate William Karlsson dished a lovely no-search backward go among his legs from powering the internet 4 minutes into the third time period.

Smith’s vacant-internet intention with 12 seconds still left iced the recreation.

“We have a veteran team that has confidence in their capability to earn game titles,” Vegas mentor Peter DeBoer reported. “This is a really hard league to earn in and you are not heading to be at your best each night, and I imagined that was the case tonight. We dug in in the third and I imagined we played the way we’re able of taking part in and discovered a way to earn.”


The Coyotes played devoid of hurt captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who was put on hurt reserve Sunday. The veteran defenseman suffered a reduce system injury when San Jose Sharks wing Evander Kane shouldered him into the stop boards, and he appeared to land awkwardly. Ekman-Larsson will miss out on three to 4 weeks.


Veteran ahead Phil Kessel, who very last skipped a recreation on Halloween night in 2009, played in his 847th consecutive recreation, the third longest energetic streak, powering Florida’s Keith Yandle (866) and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau (857). Kessel’s run is the sixth longest in NHL historical past.


Vegas’ futility with a male edge continued Monday. Following failing to capitalize with 1 in every single of their to start with two game titles, DeBoer reported he required to see the Golden Knights draw much more penalties. They did but went -for-five with the excess skater towards Kuemper.

UP Subsequent

The Coyotes and Golden Knights satisfy once more Wednesday at T-Cell Arena as section of a 4-recreation, property-and-property series, with the closing two getting position Friday and Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.