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Subban makes 35 saves, Golden Knights defeat Coyotes in shootout

Tuch scores in second period, gets deciding goal in tiebreaker for Vegas

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Tuch's shootout winner

ARI@VGK: Tuch beats Kuemper to earn shootout victory

Alex Tuch skates in and dekes to his forehand to beat Darcy Kuemper in the shootout and give the Golden Knights a 2-1 win over the Coyotes

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LAS VEGAS -- Malcolm Subban made 35 saves for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 2-1 shootout win against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.

Subban, who has won consecutive starts after losing his first six of the season (0-4-2), improved to 5-0 in the shootout for Vegas. He allowed a goal in the tiebreaker for the first time in 19 attempts when Arizona's Christian Dvorak scored in the third round.

"I wish I could describe the feeling, but I'm just focused on the puck, and you don't really feel anything else," Subban said. "You're kind of just into the game and just try to dial yourself in and not think about anything else that's going on."

 

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Alex Tuch scored in the second period and got the deciding goal in the bottom of the third round of the shootout for Vegas (13-11-4), which has won two games in a row and is 4-2-1 in its past seven.

"It's big, but going forward, we just have to worry about the next game," Tuch said. "We can't look too far ahead."

Video: ARI@VGK: Tuch opens scoring with redirection PPG

It was the third time Vegas had a game decided in overtime or the shootout in its past five (2-1; 1-1 in overtime), fifth in November (1-3 in overtime).

Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves, and Jakob Chychrun scored for the Coyotes (15-8-4), who are on a four-game point streak (2-0-2) and are 6-2-2 in their past 10.

Arizona has had seven games go past regulation this month (4-3; 1-1 in overtime, 3-2 in shootout), including its past three to the shootout (1-2).

Tuch deflected Nicolas Hague's wrist shot from the point on the power play to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead at 7:01 of the second.

Vegas was 1-for-5 on the power play. Arizona was 0-for-1.

"We played a good hockey game," Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said. "We deserved better, but to kill that many penalties and don't get power plays, that's what happens. I'm proud of the guys. We played hard."

Chychrun tied it 1-1 at 14:53 of the second when he scored with a wrist shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle.

"I'd say the first 10 minutes of the second, they had their first big push, and I thought [Kuemper] held strong, and I thought we gave them some chances," Coyotes defenseman Jason Demers said. "I thought we did a good job of taking it to them, as well. I think it could've gone either way. If we keep banking points, we're going to be in good shape."

It was Subban's third straight start for the Golden Knights with No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury away for a personal matter.

Video: ARI@VGK: Chychrun wires home wrist shot for equalizer

 

They said it

"We defended hard. Even when we were buckled down and tired, it's one of those things that could've gone either way. It was exciting. It was an exciting overtime. Guys are doing a great job." -- Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet

"I think we played well defensively. We worked hard. That's the identity we want as a team, and we did it. It's a mental game and we're going to make some mistakes sometimes, but we're limiting those right now and we're playing well." -- Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault

 

Need to know

The Coyotes are 6-0-3 in their past nine games against Pacific Division teams. ... Marchessault scored for the Golden Knights in the first round of the shootout. ... Vegas forward Cody Eakin left the game at 12:38 of the third period with an upper-body injury. ... The Golden Knights improved to 7-3-1 against Pacific teams. ... It was Tuch's first goal since his season debut Oct. 31, a 5-4 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens, ending a nine-game drought. ... Marchessault had an assist on Tuch's goal to end a four-game point drought, his longest of the season. ... Vegas reassigned goaltender Garret Sparks to Chicago of the American Hockey League after the game.

 

What's next

Coyotes: Host the San Jose Sharks on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-A PLUS, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Golden Knights: At the New York Rangers on Monday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, MSG 2, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Video: Tuch leads Golden Knights past Coyotes in shootout

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