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Recap: The Arizona Coyotes gave Vegas all they could handle in the 1st period but couldn’t get one past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The Golden Knights had multiple quality chances but were a bit unlucky hitting the post and crossbar several times. The game was locked in a scoreless tie after the opening 20 minutes.

Both teams struggled to generate offense in a tight 2nd period. The Golden Knights widely outshot the Coyotes 16-4 in the middle frame but came up short. The game was locked 0-0 after 40 minutes played.

Tomas Nosek continued his hot streak giving the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead ten minutes into the 3rd period. Vegas fought off a late attack from Arizona and held on to win 1-0.

Vegas’ record improves to 27-11-2 after defeating Arizona in consecutive games. The Golden Knights hop on a plane for a quick trip to LA to take on the Kings. Tomorrow night’s game is scheduled for 7 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: We expected the Coyotes to come out with a lot more fire than they showed on Friday, and they did, but the Golden Knights at full strength on defense for the first time in a long time held them up. Vegas kept the Coyotes out of the dangerous areas the entire night and Arizona was never willing to throw shots on goal from long distance. Fleury stopped all of the ones that made it through but the defense deserves the majority of the credit. Scoring droughts aren’t nearly as concerning when you can play that well defensively. (Analysis by Ken)

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Tocchet’s Honesty Says It All About Matchups With Golden Knights

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The Golden Knights had one of their best periods of the season last night and it wasn’t shocking that it came against the Arizona Coyotes. Vegas outworked, outshot and bullied Arizona up and down the ice in the opening twenty minutes. Being down four goals early wasn’t a surprise to Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet.

They have more talent than us, we get it. I just didn’t like some of our guys push early on. It looked like they were just deer in the headlights.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

Occasionally, Arizona has competed with the Golden Knights and did for half of a period last night. For the most part it’s been a one-sided contest with Vegas walking away with the majority of points.

Certain elements that the Golden Knights possess, the Coyotes simply don’t have an answer for. Arizona is much smaller and younger team. Vegas scares them and their coach echoed that. The advantage of size, skill and veteran IQ are the reasons why it’s mostly been a lopsided affair.

You know you’re playing against the big boys and I’m disappointed some guys couldn’t match. Couldn’t get in the forecheck, couldn’t hold on to a puck. When you’re playing the big guys you got to make sure you know what you’re doing.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

At times last night it almost looked like a scrimmage between the JV and Varsity teams. In the first period the Golden Knights bullied their way to four goals in nine minutes. The game was essentially over at that point. Sure, Arizona made a late push but that will happen when one team is trying to kill the clock with 51 minutes remaining in the game.

There’s a chance Vegas and Arizona will face eachother in the first round of the playoffs so it’ll be interesting if the Coyotes will play a different style or attack the Golden Knights with their speed an offensive weapons they have.

Vegas when they smell blood they’re going to give it to you.-Rick Tocchet, ARI coach

Before I declare a matchup with Arizona another easy path it’s hard not to think about last year’s postseason. Vancouver admitted to be intimidated by Vegas but learned how to absorb hits, adjust and force a deciding game seven. Could the Coyotes do the same?


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Recap: The Golden Knights before the game emphasized having a strong start against the Coyotes and they did just that. Vegas scored four straight goals, including one on the power play and on a penalty kill. The Golden Knights dominated the opening 20 minutes outshooting the Coyotes 22-8.

Chandler Stephenson extended the scoring spree with his 8th of the season. In the first 25 minute the Golden Knights scored five unanswered goals. Arizona scored a late period goal but trailed 5-1 heading into the second intermission.

Arizona made a late push in the final frame. The Coyotes outscored the Golden Knights in the 3rd period but Max Pacioretty’s iced the game with a final-minute empty-net goal.

Vegas’ record improves to 26-11-2 after defeating Arizona 7-4. The two teams will square off again on Sunday afternoon. The game is scheduled for 1 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It may have been the best 10 minute stretch in Golden Knights history to open the game. They completely manhandled the Coyotes in every facet of the game of hockey and jumped out to a four-goal lead. From there, they certainly coasted it but, which made the game a little more interesting than it should have, but in the end Vegas was never in any real danger. Those first 10 minutes were Cup-winning hockey. (Analysis by Ken)

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“Tighter-Checking” Last Game Of Series To Be Expected

Max Pacioretty called it a week ago.

I think you’ll probably see that often that it’s going to be a tighter checking game in the second game of the series. -Pacioretty

Talking about adjustments after the second game of the season he said the format reminded him of a college schedule. As a former college hockey standout himself, he’s used to that style of schedule and made a prediction that couldn’t have come more true in the final game of the four-game series against the Coyotes.

The format allows you to kind of make adjustments after a game and while it’s fresh in your mind go out there and try to play a team you were just studying and breaking down. -Pacioretty

I’m not sure he expected a goalless game for the first 59 minutes yesterday, but tight-checking is about as perfect a description of that game as you can find, especially from the Golden Knights.

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Vegas gave up just 16 shots against the Coyotes Sunday afternoon in a game that featured just 18 high-danger chances, the season-low in a VGK game (previous low was 19, in the second game against the Ducks).

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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)

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Recap: The Golden Knights hopped on a flight for their first time this season for a third straight matchup with the Arizona Coyotes. Robin Lehner made his third start of the season boasting a 2.00 Goals Allowed Average. 

The Coyotes struck first scoring quickly 3:22 in the opening period. Arizona held a 1-0 lead over Vegas for the first time in two games. The Golden Knights committed three penalties and the Coyotes capitalized on one power play. It was a one-goal game after 20 minutes played.

The scoring picked up in the 2nd period. Shea Theodore tied the game 1-1 with his third goal of the season. Arizona would score two unanswered goals, taking a 3-1 lead into the 2nd intermission.

The Coyotes would stretch their lead 4-1 early in the final period. Cody Glass took advantage of a Golden Knights power play scoring his first goal of the season cutting the Coyotes lead 4-2. Arizona would ice the game late with an empty-net goal securing a 5-2 win over Vegas.

The Coyotes hand the Golden Knights their first loss dropping their record to 4-1-0 and in a tie with the Minnesota Wild for first place in the West division. The finale of this four-game series against the Coyotes ends on Sunday afternoon. The game in Arizona is scheduled for 1 PM PT. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas just never really got going in this one. The 1st period was fairly evenly matched but a trio of VGK penalties helped aide the Coyotes to their first lead of the series. Then, even though Vegas tied it in the 2nd, they never were able to apply consistent pressure and turned the puck over far too often to keep themselves in the game. Was always going to be a tough spot beating a team a third straight time, they just have to make sure they don’t let it linger and turn into a streak going the wrong way. (Analysis by Ken)

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Vegas’ Cup Contending Offense On Display Last Night

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No matter how many games an NHL regular season has, no game’s are alike. Sure, the first few games had similarities, Vegas won all three but didn’t look good doing it.

Something had to break.

We were talking before the game that we hadn’t really pitched in too much… It’s kind of convenient that we did tonight, and I thought it definitely helped our overall game. -Shea Theodore

With the exception of the first few minutes, the Golden Knights put together their best attack of the season and were handsomely rewarded from it. Ten players collected points in Vegas’ 5-2 victory against Arizona and not a single one of them were cheap empty-net points either.

All five goals were examples of how dangerous this club can be. Alex Tuch scored Vegas’ first power play goal of the season, Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty paired up once again, and the star defensemen found the net three times.

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Recap: The Golden Knights looked to stay perfect as they took on the Coyotes for a second straight game. Vegas didn’t wait long to get their offense going. Defenseman Shea Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo scored their first goals of the season making it a quick 2-0 Golden Knights lead. Marc-Andre Fleury was superb in the opening period preserving the two-goal edge.

Vegas continued to pressure Arizona in the 2nd period. The two teams swapped power plays but neither could capitalize on special teams. Mark Stone made it a three goal game with his second goal of the season. Max Pacioretty slipped a nice pass to Stone for a 3-0 advantage. Arizona scored their first goal late in the 2nd period to cut Vegas’ lead down to 3-1 after 40 minutes of action.

Up 3-1, the Golden Knights went right back to work offensively. Theodore scored his second of the night off a beautiful tic-tac-toe setup from Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith. Just over a minute later Alex Tuch gave Vegas a 5-1 lead on the power play. The Coyotes would get one back, but couldn’t get any closer.

With their 5-2 victory the Golden Knights remain undefeated and improve their record to (4-0) this season. The two teams will meet up again on Friday night in Arizona. Game is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights have been working towards putting together their best game of the season and tonight they delivered it. They were opportunistic early when the game was fairly even and then took over as the game wore on. The power play still looks a bit anemic (tons of credit to ARI’s PK) but aside from that there’s not a ton to be upset with in the Golden Knights 4-0-0 start to the season. Especially considering the challenge of playing the same team in consecutive games. (Analysis by Ken)

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Coyotes Always Seem To Keep It Close

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Since their first season, the Golden Knights have now faced the Arizona Coyotes 13 times. Although Vegas’ record is 9-4-0 in those games, it doesn’t truly tell the story, a lot like last night’s game.

The Coyotes will remind us that in their history against the Golden Knights they’ve taken points off the Golden Knights in eight of the 13 games.

We’ve played this team before and we’ve had some success. I don’t want to go in there and be intimidated. We shouldn’t be intimidated if we play the right way. We got to have some swagger going in there knowing that if we play our game we can beat this team. -Rick Tocchet, Coyotes coach

Prior to last night, in the first dozen meetings with the Coyotes, the Golden Knights led the scoring margin by just six goals. However, three were scored in overtime, one in shootout, and one was an empty netter. So, after last night, Vegas has nine wins against Arizona, but an overall lead of just four goals in regulation. 

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Recap: It was the first of four between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes set an early, quick pace to the game. Vegas had trouble keeping Arizona out of their zone for most of the period, leading to several chances on Robin Lehner. The Golden Knights were awarded a power play midway through the period but the Coyotes aggressive penalty kill paid off. Arizona took the first lead of the game on a shorthanded goal by Tyler Pitlick. Vegas failed to convert on a 5-on-3 power play and trailed 1-0 after the opening twenty minutes.

Arizona kept pushing in the middle frame outshooting Vegas 16 to 7. The Coyotes would add another special teams goal on the power play to take a 2-0 edge. Max Pacioretty cut Arizona’s lead in half late in the period with his third goal of the season. The Coyotes held a 2-1 lead after two periods in the books.

As they have all season, the Golden Knights woke up in the third period. Reilly Smith and Chandler Stephenson both scored their first goals of the season to give Vegas their first lead of the game. Arizona made a strong push but Reilly Smith sealed the victory for Vegas with an empty-net goal.

With their 4-2 victory, the Golden Knights remain undefeated and improve their record to (3-0) this season. Vegas and Arizona hook up again Wednesday night. Game is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights offense was really staggered early by the Coyotes but they battled through it to keep applying the pressure and eventually break the dam. Yet again, the 3rd period has been where Vegas has been at its best and they’re now 3-0-0 because of it. And, they can still play A LOT better, which is a great sign. (Analysis by Ken)

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