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Smith's overtime goal lifts Golden Knights past Coyotes

Vegas ends three-game losing streak, gets fourth win against Arizona

by Danny Webster / Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Reilly Smith scored at 3:51 of overtime to give the Vegas Golden Knights a 3-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.

It was the fourth overtime win at home for the Golden Knights (16-9-1), who ended their three-game losing streak and defeated the Coyotes for the fourth time this season. Vegas also became the first team in NHL history to win 10 of its first 12 games at home in its inaugural season.

"We've done great at home and I think we've taken advantage of it," Smith said. "It was nice to turn that streak around and get those two points."


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Jonathan Marchessault scored his 10th goal of the season and assisted on Smith's goal. Alex Tuch scored his sixth of the season, and William Karlsson tied his NHL career-high of 25 points with an assist in the third period. Malcolm Subban won his fifth game of the season and made 31 saves.

Video: ARI@VGK: Marchessault puts in rebound early in 3rd

The first line of Marchessault, Karlsson and Smith contributed to two of the three Vegas goals.

"I'm playing with amazing players right now," Marchessault said. "In your pro career, you play with a lot of different linemates, but I don't remember playing with two guys I want to play with more than those two."

Scott Wedgewood made 42 saves for the Coyotes (7-18-5), who are 1-2-2 in their past five games. Wedgewood shut out the New Jersey Devils in a 5-0 win on Saturday.

"[Wedgewood] was excellent, he was terrific," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "The guys owe him. He played great, he got us the point. He was really good tonight for us. Vegas was the better team, obviously."

Jakob Chychrun scored in his first game of the season after recovering from knee surgery. Derek Stepan also scored for Arizona. Max Domi had two assists.

"This is a date we had in mind for a while now, and it's the day I've been looking forward to for a long time," Chychrun said of his return. "So to finally get out on the ice with the guys, that's what it's all about."

Tuch scored at 2:42 of the second period, which ended Wedgewood's shutout streak at 90:31.

Video: ARI@VGK: Tuch speeds past Schenn for smooth goal

Chychrun responded for the Coyotes at 13:41 of the second period.

Marchessault's 10th goal of the season gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead 18 seconds into the third period.

Stepan scored a power-play goal at 8:50 of the third to make it 2-2. He has a point in nine of his past 12 games (three goals, eight assists).


Goal of the game

Smith's goal at 3:51 of overtime.

Video: ARI@VGK: Marchessault sets up Smith for OT winner


Save of the game

Subban's save against Christian Fischer at 19:16 of the first period.

Video: ARI@VGK: Subban comes out to stop Fischer


Highlight of the game

Wedgewood's save against Tuch's one-timer at 12:38 of the first period.

Video: ARI@VGK: Wedgewood stones Tuch on the doorstep


They said it

"I've put forth a hard work ethic every day. To get as many starts as I've had in a row and to be playing well right now … obviously when Antti (Raanta) comes back, there's going to be time for him to get adjusted. Hopefully the starts keep coming my way and they keep going this way." -- Coyotes goaltender Scott Wedgewood

"(For Arizona), it's tough to have back-to-back games, especially when you have to travel to it. That was part of our game plan, was to try and wear them down, especially in the third period. We were able to get some extra chances. It seemed like they had some tired legs." -- Golden Knights forward Reilly Smith


Need to know

The Coyotes are 0-2-2 against the Golden Knights and have been outscored 14-7 in those four games. … Vegas has won five of its six games that have gone beyond regulation, with the lone loss coming in a shootout against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 6. … The Golden Knights are 10-1-0 when scoring first.


What's next

Coyotes: At the Boston Bruins on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; NESN, FS-A, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: Host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (10 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-RM, PRIME, NHL.TV)


Video: Marchessault, Smith lead Golden Knights to 3-2 OT win

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