Max Pacioretty had a hat trick and an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights won the NHL preseason opener, 6-2 against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on Sunday.
Pacioretty scored two goals in the first period, then gave Vegas a 4-2 lead at 16:53 of the second. Reilly Smith and Brayden McNabb (empty net) each scored shorthanded, and Cody Eakin had a goal and an assist. Malcolm Subban made 29 saves.
Ilya Lyubushkin and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for Arizona. Adin Hill started and allowed four goals on 23 shots through two periods. Erik Kallgren made eight saves in the third.
Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness left the game at 13:49 of the first period after being hit near center ice by Golden Knights forward Keegan Kolesar, who received a five-minute major penalty for charging.