National Hockey League
Vegas 7, Arizona 4
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, April 9, 2021
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Referees: Jean Hebert, Corey Syvret
Linesmen: Julien Fournier, Travis Gawryletz
Attendance: 3950

Reilly Smith scored two goals, Jonathan Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson and Max Pacioretty each had a goal and an assist and the Vegas Golden Knights built a five-goal lead before holding on for a 7-4 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in Las Vegas.

Vegas led 4-0 after the first period and 5-0 at the game's midpoint before the Coyotes rallied. The seven goals were a season high for the Golden Knights.

Marchessault, William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar and Smith all scored in a 5:41 span in the opening period. William Karlsson added two assists for Vegas, which remained four points behind the first-place Colorado Avalanche in the West Division.

Robin Lehner made 22 saves for the Golden Knights to improve to 8-0-2 in his past 10 home starts.

Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist and Clayton Keller, Dryden Hunt and Michael Bunting also scored for Arizona. Phil Kessel, playing in his 885th consecutive game to break a tie with Steve Larmer for the fifth-longest ironman streak in NHL history, had three assists.

Adin Hill stopped 27 of 32 shots before being replaced by Ivan Prosvetov at the start of the third period. Prosvetov finished with three saves.

Vegas, which fired 51 shots on goal in a 3-1 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday, got off to a hot start Friday.

Marchessault started the scoring with a power-play goal at the 3:03 mark, and Carrier followed with a rebound goal 98 seconds later, forcing Arizona coach Rick Tocchet to call a timeout to try to regroup his team. It didn't work as Kolesar made it 3-0 two minutes later and Smith followed with a short-handed goal at the 8:44 mark.

Stephenson extended the Vegas lead to 5-0 early in the second period with a breakaway goal. Schmaltz got the Coyotes on the board just before the end of the middle period with a power-play.

Arizona cut it to 5-3 early in the third period when Hunt and Keller scored 58 seconds apart. Smith upped the lead to 6-3 midway through the period for the 19th two-goal game of his career, but Bunting answered just 15 seconds later.

Pacioretty ended the scoring with an empty-net goal with 54.3 seconds left.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Arizona   Vegas
Phil Kessel 3 Points Reilly Smith 2
Nick Schmaltz 1 Goals Reilly Smith 2
Phil Kessel 3 Assists William Karlsson 2
Nick Schmaltz 1 Power Play Goals Jonathan Marchessault 1
N/A Short Handed Goals Reilly Smith 1
Adin Hill .844 Save Percentage Robin Lehner .846
Adin Hill 27 Saves Robin Lehner 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Arizona 26 4 1-2 1-2 4 27
Vegas 37 7 1-2 1-2 4 28
Upcoming Games
  • Vegas will play their next game at home against Arizona. The Golden Knights have a W/L % of .640 after a win and .692 after a loss.
  • Arizona will play their next game on the road against Vegas. The Coyotes have a W/L % of .421 after a win and .524 after a loss.