Knights come from behind to beat Coyotes 4-2

Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights center Chandler Stephenson, left, embraces left wing Max Pacioretty (67) after Pacioretty scored against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Knights get goals from Max Pacioretty(1), Reilly Smith(1) and Chandler Stephenson(1) to come from behind to beat the Arizona Coyotes in the first of 4 consecutive games between the two teams. Smith(2) added an empty-netter at the end of the game to seal the victory. KNIGHTS 4, COYOTES 2.

Knights tailed Arizona 2-0 and scored the final 4 goals of the game to get the win in T-Mobile Arena. Knights are now 3-0 on the season, Arizona falls to 1-1-1.

Same two teams play Wednesday in T-Mobile Arena.

KNIGHTS PUCK DROP: Forward Cody Glass out, defenseman Nick Hague gets his first start of the season. Robin Lehner in net for Knights.

FIRST PERIOD: Coyotes Tyler Pitlick(1) with a shorthanded goal at 8:24. COYOTES 1, KNIGHTS 0 after 1.

SECOND PERIOD: Coyotes Nick Schmaltz(1) with a power play goal at 9:35. COYOTES 2, KNIGHTS 0.

Knights Max Pacioretty(3) scores to pull Knights within a goal at 17:02 of 2nd period. Assists to Chandler Stephenson(2) and Shea Theodore(2). COYOTES 2, KNIGHTS 1, after 2.

THIRD PERIOD: Knights Reilly Smith(1) scores at 15:37. Assist to William Karlsson(1). KNIGHTS 2, COYOTES 2.

Chandler Stephenson(1) scores at 11:48, assists to Zack Whitecloud(1) and Mark Stone(4). KNIGHTS 3, COYOTES 2.

Reilly Smith(2) scores his second goal of the game on an empty-netter. KNIGHTS WIN 4-2 over ARIZONA COYOTES.

Arizona Coyotes (1-0-1, third in the West Division) vs. Vegas Golden Knights (2-0-0, first in the West Division)

Paradise, Nevada; Monday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Coyotes visit Vegas after the Golden Knights defeated Anaheim 2-1 in overtime.

Vegas finished 39-24-8 overall and 15-6-2 in division games in the 2019-20 season. The Golden Knights averaged 3.2 goals and 5.0 assists per game last season.

Arizona finished 33-29-8 overall and 11-8-4 in division play in the 2019-20 season. The Coyotes scored 190 total goals last season averaging 2.7 per game.

The teams face off Monday for the first time this season.

INJURIES: Golden Knights: None listed.

Coyotes: None listed.

COYOTES (1-0-1) at GOLDEN KNIGHTS (2-0-0)

Coyotes projected lineup

Barrett Hayton — Nick Schmaltz — Conor Garland

Drake Caggiula — Christian Dvorak — Phil Kessel

Clayton Keller — Derick Brassard — Tyler Pitlick

Lawson Crouse — Johan Larsson — Christian Fischer

Jakob Chychrun — Alex Goligoski

Jordan Oesterle — Niklas Hjalmarsson

Kyle Capobianco — Jason Demers

Darcy Kuemper

Antti Raanta

Injured: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (knee)

Scratched: None

Golden Knights projected lineup

Max Pacioretty — Chandler Stephenson — Mark Stone

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith

Alex Tuch — Tomas Nosek — Nicolas Roy

William Carrier — Keegan Kolesar — Ryan Reaves

Brayden McNabb — Alex Pietrangelo

Alec Martinez — Shea Theodore

Nicolas Hague — Zach Whitecloud

Robin Lehner

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Cody Glass

Injured: None

Status report

Capobianco replaces Ekman-Larsson and will play on a defense pair with Demers. … Hague will make his season debut. … Nosek will replace Glass at third-line center.

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