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Final Look: Coyotes' Vegas Point-Streak Snapped on Saturday

Grabner nets his eighth goal of the season, Hill stops all 20 shots faced in relief

by Alex Kinkopf @AEKinkopf / Game Recap

COYOTES' VEGAS POINT-STREAK SNAPPED ON SATURDAY

The Coyotes suffered a regulation loss at T-Mobile Arena for the first time since October 10, 2017 on Saturday night, falling to the Vegas Golden Knights by a 4-1 score.

That game in October of 2017 was the Coyotes' first-ever road regular season game played in Vegas' home building during the Golden Knights' inaugural campaign. Since then, Arizona had posted a 3-0-2 record as visitors to their desert rival.

Tonight's loss also marked the Coyotes' first in regulation to the Golden Knights this season. Vegas has moved into first-place in the Pacific Division as a result.

Vegas opened the scoring with 10:55 to play in the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

Michael Grabner responded less than five minutes later to tie the score, 1-1, netting his eighth goal of the season when he drove toward the net and tapped home an Oliver Ekman-Larsson feed after Conor Garland drew up the sequence from the top of the Golden Knights' zone.

The Golden Knights reclaimed a lead, 2-1, late in the first period and added two more goals in the opening minutes of the second period to go up by a 4-1 score.

Antti Raanta was pulled following the Golden Knights' fourth goal. He stopped 12 of the 16 shots fired his way in 21:36 of action.

Adin Hill came in for relief of Raanta with 18:06 remaining in the second period, turning away all 20 of the shots he faced during the remaining 38:06 of regulation.

Neither team scored following Arizona's goaltending change.

Lawson Crouse played in his 200th NHL game Saturday night, becoming the seventh Coyotes player to hit that milestone this season. 

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TRACKING IT

GAME #40: ARIZONA (1) at VEGAS (4)

  • SOG: ARI - 28, VGK - 36
  • PP: ARI - 0/5, VGK - 2/3

ARIZONA SCORING:

VEGAS SCORING:

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THEY SAID IT

"You've got to have a short memory, but you can't just erase it, you've got to learn from it."

Rick Tocchet, on tonight's 4-1 loss to Vegas

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DON'T OVERLOOK IT

THE SITUATION: Adin Hill's 20-save relief effort

Adin Hill took over for Antti Raanta with 18:06 remaining in the second period, making his first NHL appearance of the season.

The 23-year-old goaltender was put to the test right away and stopped all 20 shots he faced during his 38:06 in relief, including a point-blank save on William Karlsson late in the second period.

"Back-up goalies have to be ready," he said. "It's what you prepare for; as a backup goalie at any second your number can be called. I felt the team did a great job of eliminating chances in front me of while I was in there."

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GOTTA SEE IT

THE SITUATION: Michael Grabner's first period goal

With just over six minutes left to play in the opening frame and trailing the Golden Knights by a 1-0 score, Conor Garland broke the Vegas blue-line, cut across the middle, stalled, and crossed for a trailing Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Continuing to drive to the net throughout the sequence was Michael Grabner, who tapped home Ekman-Larsson's diagonal feed from the back-door, tying the game, 1-1, with 6:29 to play in the first period, scoring his eighth goal of the season.

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PHOTO FINISH

Doorstep denial. Adin Hill nixes William Karlsson's bid from the top of the crease, extending his right pad to stop the puck with his toe late in the second period of the Coyotes' 4-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. (Photo Credit: Ethan Miller - Getty Images)

Lead Photo Credit: Jeff Bottari - NHLI via Getty Images // GIF Highlight Footage: Fox Sports Arizona

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