Las Vegas–Tonight it was a battle of the 1st place in the Pacific Division Vegas Golden Knights that took on the last place Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena for the third meeting of the season.

The scoring parade for the Golden Knights happened at the 7:23 mark of the middle frame when Vegas was shorthanded, Tomas Nosek who was slotted back in the lineup for David Perron started things off.

Nosek and Cody Eakin came into Arizona’s end on a 2 on 1 against Coyotes Derek Stepan where the former Red Wings forward fired his shot on net far side that beat Scott Wedgewood to give Vegas the 1-0 lead for his 3rd of the season.

Nosek’s Shorthanded Goal For The Golden Knights

31 seconds after Nosek recorded the 3rd shorthanded goal for the Golden Knights this year, it was William Karlsson who was the next man up to extend Vegas’s lead 2-0 over Arizona. The scoring play was made possible due to an offensive zone face off win by Jonanthan Marchesaault to give Karlsson’s one timer his 13th of the campaign.

This goal would put Karlsson on top as the Golden Knights new goal scorer with 13, James Neal now in second at 12.

Karlsson’s 13th Of The Season

Shortly after Karlsson gave Vegas a 2-0 lead over Arizona, the Golden Knights were on the man advantage and it was Erik Haula who joined the scoring onslaught who cashed in on Marchessault’s bid that ended Wedgewood’s night and gave Vegas 3-0 lead. This was Haula’s 7th of the year.

Haula’s Marker

It was the third time this season that the Golden Knights chased an opposing goaltender away from his net. Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet made a goalie swap and inserted Marek Langhamer in relief for the rest of the game.

In the opening play of the 3rd period, Arizona Coyotes put themselves on the board by an Oliver Ekman-Larsson long range shot that fooled Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban that made it a 3-1 game.

Later in the 3rd, the Coyotes went back to work on the Golden Knights and it was Brendan Perlini with a highlight reel move went forehand and backhand on Subban and went upstairs that tighten things up, 3-2 in favor of Vegas at the 10:35 mark.

With 1.7 left in the final period, Marchessault sealed the deal for Vegas with an empty net goal that gave the Golden Knights the 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. For Marchessault this was his 8th of the season.

After their 4-2 win over the Coyotes, the Golden Knights improved to 15-6-1 and became the first NHL franchise to record 15 wins in the fewest games played (22) to open their inaugural season.

Vegas Makes History Again

This 4-2 victory, brought the Golden Knights season series record against the Arizona Coyotes, 3-0.

For Subban this was his first full game back in net for the Golden Knights since coming off of IR from his lower body injury he sustained on October 21 vs St. Louis. Subban made 24 saves on 26 shots he faced with 2.00 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

3 Stars Of The Game

Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (1 goal and 2 assists)

Vegas Golden Knights: William Karlsson (1 goal and 1 assist)

Vegas Golden Knights: Co-3rd Star Tomas Nosek (3rd Vegas Golden Knights shorthanded goal this season) and Malcolm Subban (24 saves and a .923 save percentage)

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