The Arizona Coyotes stopped the Vegas Golden Knights winning streak at four games with a 5-2 victory at Gila River Arena on Friday night.
Connor Garland led the Coyotes offense with a goal and two assists, while Nick Schmaltz scored for the third straight game.
It’s a very difficult proposition to beat a team four times in a row – look at any playoff series. Arizona winning a game, especially at home, was probably due. The Coyotes seemed to have more spring in their step than they did Wednesday night when the Golden Knights handed the Coyotes a 5-2 loss. Several times the Vegas defense allowed odd-man rushes to the Coyotes, and running five defensemen once again likely contributed to some of the errors on the back end.
“It’s definitely different,” said Shea Theodore after the game. “You are rotating through partners (and) you can’t exactly get into the rhythm with one guy… at the same time I don’t think that’s an excuse.”
“We should be able to adapt. We just can’t give up that many odd-man rushes on any given night.”
Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer said he felt it was more the special teams that affected the outcome of the game.
“Penalties really kinda took our momentum out of the game. Both taking them, and obviously their power play goal early, and then a bunch of the other kills we had to have… when they did take (penalties) I didn’t think our power play created any momentum for us. For me that was… the story.”
“Some self-inflicted things tonight,” DeBoer said.
Whatever the reason, Vegas allowed the Coyotes to grow confident by ceding the opportunities and it showed. Arizona seemed to feel better about its game more and more as the game wore on.
Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves to earn the win as Vegas never quite seemed to find the scoring touch it displayed Wednesday night. Robin Lehner struggled, giving up four goals on 25 shots against and will likely want a couple of those goals back. Lehner seemed off the entire night, whether handling the puck, setting himself for shots, or tracking movement. Those games will happen, but they’re highlighted even more when the goaltender in the other net makes the needed saves. Kuemper was definitely the better of the two goalies on the night.
Fortunatley for the Golden Knights, they’ll be able to jump right back into the action against the Coyotes on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm MT, 3 pm PT.
- The game marked the first time this season the Vegas Golden Knights have given up more than two goals.
- Cody Glass returned to the lineup after sitting out a pair of games and recorded a power play goal in the third period.
- Shea Theodore scored for the second straight game, an unassisted marker at 1:19 of the third period.
- Vegas went back to a lineup that featured five defensemen and 13 forwards with Glass back in the lineup. Notably both Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo went minus-2 in the contest.
- Mark Stone keeps his scoring streak intact, assisting on Cody Glass’ power play goal in the third period to give him eight points (2-6-8) in his first five games.
Tuch Scores Twice; Vintage Marc-Andre Fleury Blanks Avalanche 3-0
Alex Tuch scored the first two goals of the game for the Vegas Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury turned in a vintage performance making 34 saves to shut out the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Monday night.
With the win, Vegas earns a split in the four-game series between the two clubs and improves to 11-4-1 on the season. The Avalanche drop to 9-5-1 and lose on home ice for only the second time this season.
Fleury recorded his third shutout of the young season with 34 saves, 15 coming in the third period as he shut down the Avalanche attack. Not only did Fleury make several top-quality stops, but also received 17 blocks to help secure the win.
Tuch got the Golden Knights off and running with a power play goal off the rush at 2:53 of the second period. Just over three minutes later he banked a shot in off the stick of Avs defender Bowen Byram for the second straight game to make it 2-0.
Jonathan Marchessault scored the third goal for Vegas, beating Philipp Grubauer five-hole to wrap the scoring.
- William Karlsson recorded two assists in the game, the second time in three outings he has done that.
- Fleury’s shutout was his 64th of his career, tying him with Henrik Lundqvist for 16th all-time.
- It was also Marc-Andre Fleury’s 99th win in a Vegas Golden Knights uniform.
- Fleury is the only goalie to blank the Avs this season and has already done it twice.
- These two teams will not see each other again until March 25 for a two-game set.
Avalanche Beat Golden Knights on Kadri’s Late Goal
Nazem Kadri broke a 2-2 tie with just 39.7 seconds left in the third period on Tuesday night to give the Colorado Avalanche two big points in regulation against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.
Twice Colorado took the lead in the game, and twice the Golden Knights battled back to tie it on goals from Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault. For most of the game, the Avalanche did a good job of limiting the Golden Knights scoring chances to the perimeter or squelching them entirely. The few times Vegas did manage to penetrate to the front of the net they were dangerous, but did not do it enough.
Marc-Andre Fleury took the loss in net for Vegas with 21 saves, while Philipp Grubauer was solid for the second straight game making 27 saves for the win.
- The game was nothing short of what you’d expect from two top teams in the NHL. Opportunities were few and far between. Both goalies were very good. Mistakes were few. Overall, these two teams showed why they’ll battle it out tooth and nail for the top spot in the Honda West Division all season.
- It was nice to see Vegas once again score on the power play, with Max Pacioretty slotting a shot over the glove hand of Grubauer. The Golden Knights need special teams to continue to be sharp in this shortened season.
- Alex Pietrangelo returned to the lineup after missing a few games due to injury and skated 24:33 with four blocks, two shots and one hit.
- Cale Makar once again did not play for the Colorado Avalanche due to an upper-body injury.
- Nazem Kadri scored his first marker in five games and only his fourth of the season when he beat Marc-Andre Fleury with 39.7 seconds left.
- Tonight marked the first time in nine games this season the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t win when Jonathan Marchessault records a point.
- Game three of the current four-game set between the two teams will come this Saturday outdoors at Lake Tahoe. Puck drop is set for noon PT with national coverage on NBC.
Vegas, Fleury Blank Avs 1-0
Marc-Andre Fleury continues his stellar play in net for the Vegas Golden Knights, posting a 30-save 1-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
The game is the first of four straight between the two clubs and if this serves as any indication, it will be a closely contested mini series. Fleury was tested several times by the Avalanche but held strong.
Max Pacioretty scored the only goal of the game for the Vegas Golden Knights in the second period, beating Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer low to the glove side with Mark Stone cutting in front to provide a screen.
The next meeting between the two teams will be this Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
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- Marc-Andre Fleury continues his stellar play (something you’ll hear about much more from me shortly) and posted his 63rd career shutout. That puts him one behind Henrik Lundqvist for 16th all-time.
- Max Pacioretty’s goal is his team-leading seventh of the season.
- Vegas is now 10-2-1 and 8-1-1 at home this season.
- The game marked the first time this season the Avalanche has been shut out.
- Colorado had not played since February 2 due to COVID-19 protocols postponing games.
- Cale Makar missed the game with an upper body injury and is day-to-day.