Recap: It was the finale of a four-game series for the Golden Knights and Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury got his third start in net looking to remain perfect on the season.
There wasn’t much action in the first period. VGK served up 10 shots but couldn’t get one passed Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper. Fleury stopped all four 1st period shots by the Coyotes.
The 2nd period was tight just like the opening 20 minutes. Both teams had power play opportunities but couldn’t convert. Fleury and Kuemper continued their strong play and held a scoreless tie through 40 minutes.
Like the first two periods, the goalies were unstoppable in the final 20 minutes. By their performances, both made it clear one goal would be the difference. William Karlsson gave Vegas a massive 1-0 lead with :42 seconds left in the game.
The Golden Knights win three of four against the Coyotes and improve their record to 5-1-0. Vegas heads back home for two games against the St. Louis Blues. The game is schedule for Tuesday night at 6 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: A little bit of a snoozer actually, but the game started to pick up as it goes. Earlier this year Max Pacioretty mentioned tighter checking games as the two, three, and four games series go on and we saw it today. The Karlsson, Marchessault, and Smith line was excellent throughout and they made the big play to grab VGK two more points (even though it very well may have been icing). (Analysis by Ken)
Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights at Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena
- Tighter checking as the series wear on
Jason’s Three VGK Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** William Karlsson
* Marc-Andre Fleury
Fleury gave the goalpost credit again for “saving his butt.”
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) January 24, 2021
The MIFITS line and goalie win it!
— Zeppo Knight (@ZeppoKnight) January 24, 2021
I SMELL DONUTS!🌺🌺
— wilycoyote (@wilycoyoteinlv) January 24, 2021
@SinBinVegas Still only 13 shots for Arizona in 47:00 of hockey Vegas really keeping there scoring chances down is helping them stay in this game
— anthony (@anthonypeacock_) January 24, 2021
— R-O-Double B (@vgkfan702) January 24, 2021