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Clayton Keller scores lone goal for Arizona Coyotes in loss to Vegas Golden Knights

Nov 17, 2022, 11:23 PM | Updated: 11:57 pm
Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against Paul Cotter #43 of the Vegas Golden Knights...
Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against Paul Cotter #43 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of a game at T-Mobile Arena on November 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and two assists, and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-1 on Thursday night.

William Carrier, Mark Stone and Reilly Smith also scored to help Vegas halt a two-game skid. Logan Thompson made 25 saves, and Jonathan Marchessault added two assists.

The Golden Knights improved to 17-7-0 against the Coyotes, including 10-3-0 on home ice.

Clayton Keller scored for Arizona to extend his point streak to six games. Karel Vejmelka stopped 35 shots.

After going 0 for 3 on the power play and 1 for 2 on the penalty kill in Tuesday’s 5-2 home loss to San Jose, the Golden Knights tightened up their special teams by stifling an Arizona squad that entered with the NHL’s fourth-best power play.

“I think the penalty kill was huge in that second period,” Pietrangelo said.

Arizona had a very brief 5-on-3 before having a one-man advantage for another 1:56, but couldn’t capitalize.

Vegas stymied the Coyotes on all four of their power-play opportunities.

“We made them work hard to get into the zone … expending some energy and some time to get set up,” Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy said. “And I thought on the contested pucks we did a good job getting our clears.”

Pietrangelo broke a scoreless tie at 12:21 of the second when he took Jack Eichel’s feed at the point and fired a one-timer through traffic to give Vegas its first power-play goal in three games.

“There was a lot of chatter about the power play coming into the season,” Pietrangelo said. “I think we’ve done a real good job executing. We’ve got two really good units.”

Carrier made it 2-0 when he drove to the crease and sent a shot that deflected over Vejmelka just 32 seconds into the third.

Stone scored with 14:07 left when he batted a rebound out of midair to make it 3-0.

Pietrangelo, who assisted on the goals by Carrier and Stone, leads all Vegas skaters in career points against the Coyotes with 30 in 44 games. It marked his second three-point game in seven days.

“I’m sure there’s teams I have a horrible stat against,” Pietrangelo said. “They play physical — it kind of gets me engaged. I like teams that come at you ’cause you can get them out of position, make them vulnerable in the O zone, and sometimes you take advantage of that.”

Keller spoiled Thompson’s bid for his third shutout of the season when he scored his seventh goal midway through the third, but that was all the Coyotes could muster in their sixth straight road game.

“We missed Grade-A opportunities,” coach André Tourigny said. “We had other plays where we needed to be quicker with our shot to get the goalie in motion, stuff like that. There’s a lot of work to do offensively.”

Smith’s goal with 1:03 remaining provided the final margin.

LOOSE PUCKS

– Vegas and former Arizona forward Phil Kessel skated in his 1,000th consecutive game.

– The Coyotes plan a pit stop back home this weekend before continuing their stretch of 14 straight road games while work is done on their new arena at Arizona State University.

UP NEXT

The Coyotes hit the road again Monday against the Nashville Predators at ESPN 620 AM / 98.7 FM HD-2, the Arizona Sports app and ArizonaSports.com.

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Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson (20) tries to defend a shot by Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Ben Hutton (17) bounces the puck off the board and past Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) moves the puck around the net as Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague (14) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes center Liam O'Brien (38) skates away from Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague (14) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes center Barrett Hayton (29) gets squeezed by Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) and center Jonathan Marchessault during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. Marchessault was charged with interference on the play. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson (36) yells to a teammate before the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller and Vegas Golden Knights center Nicolas Roy (10) hit the ice while chasing the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights fans cheer after Golden Knights goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) and right wing Mark Stone, right, celebrate defenseman Alex Pietrangelo's goal against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights center Jack Eichel (9) and Arizona Coyotes defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (14) compete for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) clears the puck past Arizona Coyotes left wing Lawson Crouse (67) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights fans wear shirts representing the number 1,000 in honor of Vegas Golden Knights center Phil Kessel, who was playing in his 1,000th consecutive game, during the second period of the Golden Knights' NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights center Phil Kessel (8) takes the puck up the ice against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights right wing Keegan Kolesar (55) and Arizona Coyotes center Liam O'Brien (38) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes left wing Matias Maccelli (63) is defended by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Logan Thompson (36) stops a shot by Arizona Coyotes left wing Nick Ritchie (12) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb (3) is hit on the face by the stick of Arizona Coyotes center Nick Bjugstad (17) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller, left, trips Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague (14) clears the puck out of the corner during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights won 4-1. (AP Photo/Sam Morris) Clayton Keller #9 of the Arizona Coyotes skates against Paul Cotter #43 of the Vegas Golden Knights during the first period of a game at T-Mobile Arena on November 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

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