The Coyotes did look better as a whole, but as Rick Tocchet has said, this will be a learning process.
1-0 Coyotes (Rieder: 1): Luke Schenn started the play with a great shot toward the net, Jordan Martinook wrangled the shot, wrapping around slightly and getting it to Tobias Rieder who slammed it home at 5:52.
No scoring, the Coyotes killed off a 5-on-3 penalty.
Antti Raanta stood on his head as he stopped 19 shots in the period from the Golden Knights.
1-1 Tie (Schmidt: 1): There was a cluster in the crease in front of Raanta. Cody Eakin was in the paint when Nate Schmidt took his shot and netted his first goal at 18:48. Tocchet unsuccessfully challenged the goal claiming that Eakin interfered with Raanta.
2-1 (Neal: 3): With tired legs and some confusion, James Neal was able to slide the puck past Raanta at 3:46 in overtime.
Can the Vets keep up? The Vets did keep up tonight. Everyone looked better than their first game, but still rough when they were needed.
Will the kids rebound? The kids looked better, but the faceoff circle was not their friend tonight.
Have you had your heart checked lately? Tonight’s game was a whole other sort of stressful.
Players of the Game
Arizona - Antti Raanta: Raanta faced 42 shots, allowing his first goal when the Golden Knights scored late in the third. He was the best Coyote for most of the game.
Vegas - Marc-André Fleury: This was a good old-fashioned goalie duel towards the end. Fleury made incredible stops on the young pups.
3. Antta Raanta
2. Nate Schmidt
1. James Neal
- For more on the Golden Knights check out Knights On Ice
- The Coyotes are 14-5-1 in home openers since they moved to the Valley and are 24-10-2-1 all-time in franchise history.
- Tonight was the first of five meetings with the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
- Only Connor McDavid and Jake Guentzel had more points than Clayton Keller’s 3-5-8 in the preseason.
- The Arizona rookies had 110 points, second most in the NHL behind the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Tonight’s Attendance was announced a sellout 17,125.
The Coyotes face the Golden Knights again on Tuesday night on the National Stage on NBCSN at 7pm.