Las Vegas–Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Arizona Coyotes for the 2nd time this season with a 2-0 record against their divisional rivals at T-Mobile Arena.
Heading into the game, the Golden Knights held 3-0 season series lead over the “Desert Dogs”, 2-1 overtime win at Gila River Arena, 5-2 victory on opening night at T-Mobile Arena, and 4-2 win back down in Glendale during the American Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The Golden Knights had to wait until 2:42 mark of the games middle frame to open the scoring. Getting it done was Alex Tuch with his 6th of the season.
Setting up Tuch for his 6th of the year was defenseman Colin Miller who sent an up ice pass to the former Minnesota Wild 1st round pick and he put on a stick-handling workshop on Arizona’s Scott Wedgewood to give Vegas the 1-0 lead.
Tuch’s Opens The Scoring For The Golden Knights
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Later in the 2nd period, the Arizona Coyotes finally put one past Malcolm Subban to the tie the contest up 1-1. Getting the equalizer goal for the Yotes was Jakob Chychrun who knotted his 1st of the season for Arizona with 6:19 remaining in the period.
On the opening draw of the games third period, Vegas put themselves back in the lead for the second time of night and making it happen for the Golden Knights was Jonathan Marchessault who ended up putting the rubber past Wedgewood 18 seconds into the 3rd frame and made it a 2-1 game.
Marchessault buried a long rebound in the high slot for his 10th of the season.
Marchessault’s 10th Of The Season For Vegas
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For Arizona, they tied the game up at 2-2 and it was Derek Stepan of the Coyotes that converted as he found the lose puck and tap home on the door step past Subban at the 8:50 mark of the 3rd.
The second time this season the Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes needed some overtime action to decide this one. For Vegas it was a former Florida Panther connection getting it done for the Golden Knights, Marchessault and Reilly Smith who entered Arizona’s zone on a 2 on 1 against Alex Goligoski.
Marchessault fed Smith with a beautiful saucer pass as the former Panther went blocker side on Wedgewood to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 win in overtime and his 7th goal of the year as well as ending 3 game losing streak.
Smith’s OT Winner For Vegas
MARCHESSAULT FEEDS IT IN FRONT, SCOOOOORES! REILLY SMITH, 3-2 IN OVERTIME! pic.twitter.com/FqP5kbmDmK
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The Golden Knights now have a 4-0 season series lead over the Arizona Coyotes.
At the end of the night Subban had a 31 save performance game against the Arizona Coyotes with .940 save percentage. On the other end of ice, Wedgewood had an outstanding game as well with his 42 save on 45 shot night.
Vegas improved to 16-9-1 in the Pacific Division standings with 33 points, still trailing the Los Angeles Kings by 4 points at 37 (17-8-3). They also improved to 5-0 in overtime on the season.
3 Stars Of The Game
Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith (Overtime Winner)
Vegas Golden Knights: Jonathan Marchessault (1 goal and the overtime assist)
Vegas Golden Knights: Malcolm Subban (31 saves and .940 save percentage)