Coyotes get no puck luck in blowout loss to Vegas Golden Knights
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brayden McNabb scored a goal and assisted on two others and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Saturday night.
With the win, the Knights moved within two points of third-place Los Angeles in the Pacific Division. Both Vegas and LA have nine games remaining.
The Knights, who have won six of their last seven, moved into an eighth-place tie with Dallas in the Western Conference, each with 84 points. Dallas, however, has two games in hand.
Zach Whitecloud, Max Pacioretty, Evgenii Dadonov, Jake Leschyshyn and Jack Eichel also scored for Vegas, while Robin Lehner made 29 saves.
“We knew it would be tough. They played extremely well, so a lot of credit to them,” Coyotes head coach André Tourigny told reporters postgame. “It was really tough for us to sustain possession and make a few plays in a row on the puck. That’s one of the best performances from an opponent we’ve had.”
After a pedestrian performance in Wednesday’s 5-1 home loss to Vancouver, 12 skaters registered points for the Golden Knights.
Barrett Hayton scored the lone goal for the Coyotes. Karel Vejmelka stopped 33 shots.
“It was tough for us to make plays with the puck,” Tourigny said. “We were trailing so we needed to make plays. There were a few breakdowns and they scored. If you look at the story of the game, it’s not like we didn’t work or we didn’t play the way we should have. We did, they were really good, fast and on us. We couldn’t make a play.”
Whitecloud opened the scoring when he skated in from the right point and sent a laser over Vejmelka’s shoulder in the far corner of the goal.
Just 17 seconds later, in his return after missing the last 12 games, Pacioretty gave Vegas a two-goal lead with his first goal since Feb. 20 at San Jose.
Arizona got on the board later in the period when Hayton skated into the zone with Michael Carcone for an odd-man rush. Carcone sent the puck across the slot and as he was falling down, Hayton beat Lehner to cut Vegas’ lead in half.
Dadonov pushed the lead back to two 40 seconds into the middle period when he took a pass from Shea Theodore, drove in alone and fired at Vejmelka, who appeared to glove the shot. But as it bounced off the top of his mitt, he reached back to snag it and the puck went in.
Leschyshyn and Eichel added the exclamation points late in the third period to provide the final margin.
Playing in his 400th career game, Eichel notched his 150th career goal.
The Coyotes host the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ESPN 620 AM or 98.7 FM HD-2.