GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adin Hill stopped 25 shots and the Arizona Coyotes ended the Vegas Golden Knights’ 10-game winning streak while keeping their playoff hopes alive with a 3-0 win.
Arizona failed on a chance to solidify its playoff chances over the past two weeks, losing four of five games to drop behind St. Louis for the West Division’s final playoff spot.
The Coyotes played the Golden Knights, the division’s top team, with a playoff-like intensity in a physical, fast-paced game.
John Hayden and Michael Bunting scored, and Arizona shut down a Vegas team that had outscored teams 45-17 during its franchise-long win streak.
This story will be updated throughout the game
FIRST PERIOD: Coyotes goal John Hayden (2) (Wrist shot), Assists: Derick Brassard (22), Jason Demers (4). COYOTES 1, KNIGHTS 0 after one period. Shots on goal : Coyotes 11, Knights 8.
SECOND PERIOD: No goals scored. COYOTES 1, KNIGHTS 0 after two periods. Shots on goal: Coyotes 9, Knights 9.
THIRD PERIOD: Coyotes goal Michael Bunting (9), Assist: Nick Schmaltz (22). COYOTES 2, KNIGHTS 0.
Coyotes goal Christian Fischer (2), Assists: Lawson Crouse (7), Christian Dvorak (13). COYOTES 3, KNIGHTS 0.
FINAL: COYOTES 3, KNIGHTS 0.
Vegas Golden Knights (35-11-2, first in the West Division) vs. Arizona Coyotes (21-24-5, fifth in the West Division)
Glendale, Arizona; Friday, 7 p.m. PDT
LINE: Coyotes +156, Golden Knights -193
BOTTOM LINE: The Arizona Coyotes host Vegas after Max Pacioretty scored two goals in the Golden Knights’ 5-2 win against the Avalanche.
The Coyotes are 21-24-5 against division opponents. Arizona has given up 30 power-play goals, killing 80.3% of opponent chances.
The Golden Knights are 35-11-2 against the rest of their division. Vegas ranks third in the NHL recording 9.3 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.8 assists.
In their last meeting on April 11, Vegas won 1-0.
TOP PERFORMERS: Phil Kessel leads the Coyotes with 18 goals, adding 20 assists and collecting 38 points. Jakob Chychrun has four goals and three assists over the last 10 games for Arizona.
Mark Stone leads the Golden Knights with 56 points, scoring 19 goals and adding 37 assists. Pacioretty has six goals and 10 assists over the last 10 games for Vegas.
LAST 10 GAMES: Coyotes: 2-8-0, averaging 2.4 goals, 4.3 assists, 3.1 penalties and 6.2 penalty minutes while giving up 3.2 goals per game with an .878 save percentage.
Golden Knights: 10-0-0, averaging 4.4 goals, 6.9 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.4 penalty minutes while allowing 1.7 goals per game with a .936 save percentage.
INJURIES: Coyotes: Conor Garland: out (lower body).
Golden Knights: Tomas Nosek: out (undisclosed), Keegan Kolesar: day to day (lower body), Nicolas Roy: day to day (undisclosed), Reilly Smith: day to day (undisclosed).