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Golden Knights' balanced offense buries Coyotes

Field Level Media
04 Dec 2021, 15:40 GMT+10

The Vegas Golden Knights matched their highest goal total of the season in a 7-1 rout of the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in Glendale, Ariz.

Fourteen of the Golden Knights' 18 skaters recorded at least one point, with six players producing multi-point games.

Vegas' Max Pacioretty had two goals while Evgenii Dadonov, Michael Amadio and Nicolas Roy each had a goal and an assist. Chandler Stephenson and Jonathan Marchessault added a goal apiece, and Reilly Smith and Shea Theodore each had two assists.

Pacioretty missed 17 games with a lower-body injury but hasn't shown any rust in his return to action. Pacioretty has six points (three goals, three assists) over a four-game points streak since getting back on the ice.

Vegas backup goalie Laurent Brossoit stopped 29 of 30 shots for his fourth win in five starts this season.

The win snapped the Golden Knights' two-game losing streak.

Travis Boyd scored for Arizona at 7:51 of the first period, equalizing less than a minute after Marchessault opened the scoring. After Boyd's tally, however, the Golden Knights scored six unanswered goals, including four in the second period.

The struggling Coyotes are 1-4-0 over their past five games, and they are tied for the league lead in goals allowed.

Coyotes goaltender Karel Vejmelka, who received little help from his defense, stopped only 25 of 32 shots.

The Golden Knights' special teams, which scored two power-play goals and two short-handed goals on Wednesday in a 6-5 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, again found the scoreboard.

At 13:53 of the first period, Pacioretty's first goal of the game came on a Vegas power play. The Golden Knights have three power-play markers over their last two games after scoring just five times with the extra attacker in their first 20 games.

The Vegas penalty-killers have been almost as prolific as the power-play unit, as Stephenson's second-period goal was Vegas' sixth short-handed goal of the season. Five of those scores have come in the Golden Knights' past six games.

Smith has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 11 games.

--Field Level Media

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