Marchessault's hat trick leads Golden Knights past Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Jonathan Marchessault gave the Devils’ day of change an all-too-familiar ending.

Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the Vegas Golden Knights over New Jersey 4-3 Tuesday night, hours after the Devils fired coach John Hynes.

Marchessault scored twice in the first 5:04 of the third to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead. He added a power-play goal midway through the period, and Vegas held on even after New Jersey��s Nico Hischier scored 20 seconds later.

The Golden Knights have won four straight to improve to 15-11-4.

“It’s fun,” Marchessault said. “We didn’t have that all year so far, so it’s good that we get on a roll.”

Malcolm Subban had 32 saves, and Chandler Stephenson scored in his first game since being acquired Monday from the Washington Capitals.

Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 26 shots for the Devils. Kyle Palmieri and Jesper Bratt also scored.

Hynes was fired Tuesday after a 9-13-4 start that left the team in last place in the Metropolitan Division and with the NHL’s second worst record.

General manager Ray Shero announced the move roughly 20 minutes before Hynes was scheduled to speak to the media before the game. Hynes had been the coach for four-plus seasons.

Shero named assistant Alain Nasreddine the interim coach, and Peter Horachek, a pro scout for the team, joined the coaching staff as an assistant.

“Tonight is a new beginning, and we had the lead, yes, going into the third, but it was more about what we did and what we didn’t do,” Nasreddine said. “There are no excuses.”

The dismissal came a day after the Devils were ripped by the Buffalo Sabres 7-1, a game Shero said was hard to describe. That followed a 4-0 loss at home to the rival New York Rangers on Saturday.

Subban has been playing for Marc-Andre Fluery, who has been away from the team for the past week with a family illness.

“It’s been huge. Obviously, you get a couple wins you feel better about yourself, you feel good about your game, so it’s been great obviously,” Subban said. “Still stuff to work on, but it’s coming along so it feels good right now.”

Struggling Devils forward Taylor Hall had a fast-break chance stopped by Subban in the first period before Palmieri scored a minute later off a pass from Damon Severson to make it 1-0. New Jersey outshot Vegas 17-7 in the first period.

The Golden Knights tied it in the second period on a centering pass by Alex Tuch to Stephenson at 5:24.

“That’s what he does,” Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said of Stephenson. “He’s done it before. He’s played on a real good team, and he’s had that role a little bit, so when we give him an opportunity and you know you want to make a player feel comfortable coming to a new team and scored a huge goal for us tonight, played some PK and it worked out.”

Bratt restored the Devils’ lead 14:17 into the second. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant challenged for goalie interference, but the referees said Hall was pushed into the crease by Paul Statsny.

NOTES: No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes remains out of New Jersey’s lineup with a lower-body injury. This was his third consecutive game missed. He’s considered day-to-day. ... Devils D Connor Carrick was also out with injury while D Mirco Mueller and C John Hayden were scratched. ... D Nick Holden and C Cody Eakin were scratches for the Golden Knights.

UP NEXT

Knights: At the New York Islanders on Thursday.

Devils: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.

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LV15-11-4
0134
NJ9-14-4
1113
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00001/0410:191
D. Engelland D01110/0013:460
C. Glass RW00003/7011:500
N. Hague D00120/0020:341
W. Karlsson C01117/5019:240
J. Marchessault LW30192/1017:470
B. McNabb D00-210/0021:433
J. Merrill D00100/0014:373
T. Nosek C01102/3013:093
M. Pacioretty LW00-250/1016:202
R. Reaves RW00020/1007:412
N. Schmidt D00-210/0024:020
R. Smith RW02020/0017:461
P. Stastny C00-2011/3016:330
C. Stephenson C10112/2011:430
M. Stone RW00-230/1019:490
S. Theodore D00100/0020:591
A. Tuch LW03221/1016:062
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Boqvist LW00-120/0012:541
J. Bratt RW10030/0014:031
W. Butcher D00120/0219:211
B. Coleman LW01050/3015:023
A. Greene D00-100/0220:270
N. Gusev LW00-120/0014:540
T. Hall LW01151/0019:211
N. Hischier C10037/7018:183
K. Palmieri RW11131/1217:593
K. Rooney C00002/2010:210
D. Severson D02010/0221:201
W. Simmonds RW00012/2015:211
P. Subban D00-100/0024:192
M. Tennyson D00000/0003:231
S. Vatanen D00110/0027:132
M. Wood LW00040/0011:242
P. Zacha C01008/8014:410
T. Zajac C00034/6016:421
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)3533260:00
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Blackwood (L)3042658:16
GOALIESSA
M. Blackwood (L)30
Nicolas Hague shot on goal (Slap shot)
LV:GoalsShots
NJ:GoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NJ
      10:00GOAL Nico Hischier (Snap shot), Assists: Taylor Hall and Kyle Palmieri
    • LV
      09:40(PP) GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Backhand shot), Assists: Alex Tuch and Reilly Smith
    • LV
      05:04GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Tip-in shot), Assists: Deryk Engelland and Alex Tuch
    • LV
      01:05GOAL Jonathan Marchessault (Tip-in shot), Assists: William Karlsson and Reilly Smith
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • NJ
      14:17GOAL Jesper Bratt (Slap shot), Assists: Damon Severson and Pavel Zacha
    • LV
      05:24GOAL Chandler Stephenson (Slap shot), Assists: Alex Tuch and Tomas Nosek
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NJ
      16:31GOAL Kyle Palmieri (Wrist shot), Assists: Damon Severson and Blake Coleman
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
    • NJ
      15:15Kyle Palmieri penalty Interference - 2 min.
    • NJ
      08:59Damon Severson penalty Hooking - 2 min.
  • 2ND PERIOD
    • LV
      14:17Bench penalty Delay of Game - 2 min., served by Jonathan Marchessault
  • 1ST PERIOD
    • NJ
      11:26Will Butcher penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • LV
      11:26William Carrier penalty Roughing - 2 min.
    • LV
      11:26William Carrier penalty Boarding - 2 min., served by Max Pacioretty
    • NJ
      03:33Andy Greene penalty Holding the Stick - 2 min.
TEAM STATS
LV
NJ
Shots on Goal3035
Goals in Power Play10
Faceoff Wins2925
Penalties34
Major Penalties00
Minor Penalties00
Misconducts00
TEAM STATS
LV
Shots on Goal30
Goals in Power Play1
Faceoff Wins29
Penalties3
Major Penalties0
Minor Penalties0
Misconducts0
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LV15-11-4
0134
NJ9-14-4
1113
STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00001/0410:191
D. Engelland D01110/0013:460
C. Glass RW00003/7011:500
N. Hague D00120/0020:341
W. Karlsson C01117/5019:240
J. Marchessault LW30192/1017:470
B. McNabb D00-210/0021:433
J. Merrill D00100/0014:373
T. Nosek C01102/3013:093
M. Pacioretty LW00-250/1016:202
R. Reaves RW00020/1007:412
N. Schmidt D00-210/0024:020
R. Smith RW02020/0017:461
P. Stastny C00-2011/3016:330
C. Stephenson C10112/2011:430
M. Stone RW00-230/1019:490
S. Theodore D00100/0020:591
A. Tuch LW03221/1016:062
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Boqvist LW00-120/0012:541
J. Bratt RW10030/0014:031
W. Butcher D00120/0219:211
B. Coleman LW01050/3015:023
A. Greene D00-100/0220:270
N. Gusev LW00-120/0014:540
T. Hall LW01151/0019:211
N. Hischier C10037/7018:183
K. Palmieri RW11131/1217:593
K. Rooney C00002/2010:210
D. Severson D02010/0221:201
W. Simmonds RW00012/2015:211
P. Subban D00-100/0024:192
M. Tennyson D00000/0003:231
S. Vatanen D00110/0027:132
M. Wood LW00040/0011:242
P. Zacha C01008/8014:410
T. Zajac C00034/6016:421
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)3533260:00
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Blackwood (L)3042658:16
GOALIESSA
M. Blackwood (L)30
STARS OF THE GAME
123T
LV15-11-4
0134
NJ9-14-4
1113
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00001/0410:191
D. Engelland D01110/0013:460
C. Glass RW00003/7011:500
N. Hague D00120/0020:341
W. Karlsson C01117/5019:240
J. Marchessault LW30192/1017:470
B. McNabb D00-210/0021:433
J. Merrill D00100/0014:373
T. Nosek C01102/3013:093
M. Pacioretty LW00-250/1016:202
R. Reaves RW00020/1007:412
N. Schmidt D00-210/0024:020
R. Smith RW02020/0017:461
P. Stastny C00-2011/3016:330
C. Stephenson C10112/2011:430
M. Stone RW00-230/1019:490
S. Theodore D00100/0020:591
A. Tuch LW03221/1016:062
Total4803029/256-19
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Boqvist LW00-120/0012:541
J. Bratt RW10030/0014:031
W. Butcher D00120/0219:211
B. Coleman LW01050/3015:023
A. Greene D00-100/0220:270
N. Gusev LW00-120/0014:540
T. Hall LW01151/0019:211
N. Hischier C10037/7018:183
K. Palmieri RW11131/1217:593
K. Rooney C00002/2010:210
D. Severson D02010/0221:201
W. Simmonds RW00012/2015:211
P. Subban D00-100/0024:192
M. Tennyson D00000/0003:231
S. Vatanen D00110/0027:132
M. Wood LW00040/0011:242
P. Zacha C01008/8014:410
T. Zajac C00034/6016:421
Total3603525/298-23
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Subban (W)3533260:00
GOALIESSA
M. Subban (W)35
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Blackwood (L)3042658:16
GOALIESSA
M. Blackwood (L)30
GOALS
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
PENALTIES
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD
  • 3RD PERIOD
  • 2ND PERIOD
  • 1ST PERIOD

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