Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Arizona for a battle with the Coyotes. The home team jumped ahead first 1:59 into the contest. Vegas had a chance to tie the game on the power play but Paul Cotter committed a penalty that negated the man advantage. After 20 minutes Vegas trailed 1-0.
Arizona doubled their lead early in the middle frame. The Coyotes ripped a shot by Logan Thompson to give themselves a 2-0 edge. Arizona committed some costly penalties in the period and Phil Kessel took notice. The Iron Man collected his 8th goal of the season to bring his team within one.
Trailing 2-1, the Golden Knights made a final push but the Coyotes regained their two-goal lead midway through the 3rd period. With five minutes left in the game, coach Bruce Cassidy pulled his goalie which led to Arizona’s 4th and final goal. The Golden Knights lost 4-1 and left Tempe empty-handed.
The Golden Knights’ record drops to 29-17-2 falling to the Coyotes 4-1. Vegas will continue the road trip next in New Jersey on Tuesday. Puck drop against the Devils is scheduled for 4:30 PM. (Recap by Jason)
Analysis: The first few minutes of each period were a big problem and that put them in a hole. From there, Arizona read the book on how to beat the Golden Knights and they put it into action at 5-on-5. When the other team has good gaps and make VGK forecheck, they just can’t seem to generate with any consistency. It happened again, and Clayton Keller did the rest. That loss really sucks because it erases last night’s big win. (Analysis by Ken)
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