Knights split two game series with the Yotes
Updated: May 22, 2021
The Vegas Golden Knights began a four game road trip by splitting the first two games against the Arizona Coyotes.
Vegas moves to 35-11-2 following the series split.
Arizona blanks Vegas game one to halt Knight’s 10 game win streak
The Coyotes shutout the Knights 3-0 on Friday ending the Vegas’ win streak.
Vegas was down a few key players due to injury including forwards Tomas Nosek and Jonathan Marchessault.
“They did some things to keep us out of scoring areas, but we've got to solve their goalie,” Vegas coach Pete DeBoer told ESPN. “He’s played well against us.”
“Their goalie” being Adin Hill, who stopped all 25 shots from Vegas. It was Hill’s third career shutout.
Arizona simply had more energy than a Knights team that failed to show up.
A lot of Vegas’ shots lacked power and there were too many turnovers in neutral ice.
Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner had a solid game only allowing two goals on 31 shots. Arizona’s final shot was an empty net.
The win was huge for Arizona, who is fighting for its playoff lives with the St. Louis Blues neck-and-neck with them for the fourth and final spot.
“We played a full 60 minutes tonight," Hill told ESPN. “Guys played desperate hockey tonight. Played simple, but played the way we have to and got the job done.”
Vegas would respond with a better showing in game two.
Marchessault bails Vegas out in OT
The Knights third period against Arizona was one to forget for a team that has flat out dominated the third period all season long.
Vegas entered the final period with a two goal lead.
Center William Karlsson scored his 14th goal of the season in the first period followed up by a second period goal courtesy of captain Mark Stone, who scored his 20th goal of the season.
Stone’s goal came on bad hand pass from Arizona’s Christian Fischer. Fischer would make up for the error in the third period with a goal of his own.
Arizona would add another goal from Christian Dvorak to tie things up before the game was sent to OT.
In OT, there was a controversial too many men on the ice called against Arizona, which gave Vegas the 4-on-3 man advantage.
Marchessault would sneak his way to the weak side of the goal where defensemen Alex Pietrangelo found him before Marchessault fired in the game winning goal.
“It felt pretty good to get on the board tonight,” Marchessault told ESPN.