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Coyotes execute early, Hill makes a spectacular save in preseason opener

Ilya Lyubushkin and Vinnie Hinostroza find the back of the net for Arizona on Sunday afternoon

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Arizona Coyotes

Opening up the NHL preseason schedule on Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Arena, the Coyotes, after pushing the pace in the first period, ultimately fell to the Vegas Golden Knights by a 6-2 final in the first of the club's seven scheduled exhibition contests.

Arizona struck twice in the game's opening minutes.

Ilya Lyubushkin earned credit for the Coyotes' first unofficial goal of the season when his shot from the right point trickled past Malcom Subban. Christian Fischer fled to the top of Vegas' crease as Jan Jenik delivered to a waiting Lyubushkin, disrupting the Golden Knights' netminder's vision.

Just before the midway mark of the first period, Barrett Hayton entered Vegas territory and left a drop pass for Vinnie Hinostroza , who shot low into traffic to find the back of the net.

Adin Hill made a sensational save to rob Valentin Zykov with just over seven minutes to play in the first period, diving to his right to rob the Golden Knights' forward with his outstretched stick.

Video: ARI@VGK: Hill sprawls across for amazing stick stop

Hill played the first two periods, stopping 19 of the 23 shots he faced. Erik Kallgren played the third, stopping eight of Vegas' nine shots in the final frame.

Jenik, Christian Dvorak , Hayton, and Aaron Ness each finished the day with an assist.

Jakob Chychrun led all Coyotes players in shots registered with five.

The Coyotes will play preseason games two and three on Tuesday evening against the Los Angeles Kings as the teams go head-to-head with split-squad rosters. One game will be played at Gila River Arena, scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start, the other at Staples Center, scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.

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