Garland scores twice, Coyotes top Vegas 4-1 for 1st win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) During the first two games of the season, the Arizona Coyotes got quality goaltending, prime scoring chances and solid play from their defense.

Now they've got a win, too.

Conor Garland scored twice, Nick Schmaltz and Niklas Hjalmarsson each had a goal, and the Coyotes beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-1 Thursday night for their first victory.

Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves in his third consecutive start and Arizona (1-2-0) broke out of a scoring slump after managing just one goal in the first two games. New center Carl Soderberg, acquired from Colorado in an offseason trade, added two assists.

Shea Theodore scored for the Golden Knights, who have dropped two straight after winning their first two games. Vegas lost for the first time in Arizona after winning the first four meetings at Gila River Arena.

Arizona rookie Barrett Hayton, the fifth overall pick in the 2018 draft, assisted on Schmaltz's goal in his NHL debut. The 19-year-old Hayton held off a defender with one arm while muscling a pass to Christian Dvorak on the wing. Dvorak got the primary assist when Schmaltz scored with 39 seconds left in the first period.

''It's something you dream of for a long time,'' Hayton said. ''Played a little longer than I would have thought. Overall, I thought it was a good game.''

Garland backhanded the puck off the skate of Vegas defender Nicolas Hague at the 8-minute mark of the first, the first goal for Arizona since Derek Stepan's second-period tally in the season opener at Anaheim on Oct. 3.

''We just want to play the same way we always do no matter what,'' Garland said. ''But if they're going in, that makes us a dangerous hockey team.''

Theodore answered for the Golden Knights with 5 seconds left in the first. His shot eluded Kuemper, who had to deal with Vegas forward Max Pacioretty in his line of sight as the shot zipped toward the net.

The Coyotes challenged for goaltender interference, but the goal was upheld.

Out of a penalty kill, Garland scored on a solo rush up the ice, beating goalie Malcolm Subban with a backhand for a 3-1 lead. Subban, who finished with 12 saves, was replaced in net by Marc-Andre Fleury to start the second period.

''We weren't even close to good enough tonight,'' Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. ''We lost the game in the first period. We have to be better.''

Hjalmarsson scored off a faceoff at 18:28 of the second, his long slap shot getting past Fleury for his first goal with the Coyotes. The defenseman didn't score last season, his second with Arizona.

Fleury made 13 saves, but the Golden Knights went 0 for 4 on power plays.

Arizona has allowed just four goals on the season, second-fewest in the NHL.

''Nobody was panicking after two games and we liked the way we played and the guys worked hard in practice,'' Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet said.

NOTES: Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse missed the game with an upper body injury. D Kyle Capobianco, yet to make his season debut, was also scratched. ... G Antti Raanta, who hasn't played in a game since last Nov. 27 because of a long-term lower body injury, is expected to make his season debut for Arizona on Saturday at Colorado. ... Phil Kessel played in his 777th consecutive game, moving into seventh place on the NHL list. ... D Jimmy Schuldt and C Nicolas Roy were scratched for the Golden Knights and have yet to play in a game this season.

UP NEXT

Vegas hosts the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Arizona plays at Colorado on Saturday.

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STARS OF THE GAME
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
W. Carrier LW00020/0010:374
D. Engelland D00-160/0018:062
C. Glass C01-104/8217:010
N. Hague D00-110/0015:231
N. Holden D00-310/0014:550
W. Karlsson C00-142/3016:071
J. Marchessault LW00-163/5015:011
B. McNabb D01100/0021:465
J. Merrill D00-300/0218:310
T. Nosek LW00002/3013:490
M. Pacioretty LW00-140/0018:562
B. Pirri LW00-140/0016:031
R. Reaves RW00010/4010:273
R. Smith RW00-140/0015:050
P. Stastny C00-1115/6017:581
M. Stone RW00-110/0020:070
S. Theodore D10120/0024:420
V. Zykov RW00-110/0011:260
SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
J. Chychrun D00100/0018:381
J. Demers D00000/0018:471
C. Dvorak C01216/1213:000
O. Ekman-Larsson D00020/0019:582
C. Fischer RW00230/0012:513
C. Garland RW20220/0011:360
A. Goligoski D00230/0021:421
M. Grabner LW00010/0015:110
B. Hayton C01110/0211:240
V. Hinostroza RW00003/1013:000
N. Hjalmarsson D10220/0021:040
C. Keller RW01020/0016:200
P. Kessel RW00-110/0016:141
J. Oesterle D01110/0018:311
B. Richardson C00016/8014:251
N. Schmaltz C10152/2013:090
C. Soderberg C02326/9016:563
D. Stepan C00-126/5019:141
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
M. Fleury 1521340:00
M. Subban (L)1421220:00
GOALIESSA
M. Fleury 15
M. Subban (L)14
GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
D. Kuemper (W)3813760:00
GOALIESSA
D. Kuemper (W)38
Jonathan Marchessault shot on goal (Wrist shot)
LEGEND:GoalsShotsGoalsShots
Full Play By Play
GOALS
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • ARI
        18:28GOAL Niklas Hjalmarsson (Slap shot), Assists: Clayton Keller and Carl Soderberg
      • ARI
        02:03GOAL Conor Garland (Wrist shot), Assist: Jordan Oesterle
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • LV
        19:55GOAL Shea Theodore (Wrist shot), Assists: Brayden McNabb and Cody Glass
      • ARI
        19:21GOAL Nick Schmaltz (Wrist shot), Assists: Christian Dvorak and Barrett Hayton
      • ARI
        08:00GOAL Conor Garland (Wrist shot), Assist: Carl Soderberg
    PENALTIES
    • 3RD PERIOD
      • LV
        14:10Cody Glass penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    • 2ND PERIOD
      • ARI
        14:06Arizona penalty Too Many Men on the Ice - 2 min., served by Conor Garland
    • 1ST PERIOD
      • ARI
        19:55Arizona penalty Penalty - 2 min., served by Conor Garland
      • ARI
        11:41Christian Dvorak penalty High Sticking - 2 min.
      • LV
        08:42Jon Merrill penalty Interference - 2 min.
      • ARI
        03:46Barrett Hayton penalty Tripping - 2 min.
    TEAM STATS
    LV
    ARI
    Shots on Goal3829
    Goals in Power Play00
    Faceoff Wins2629
    Penalties24
    Major Penalties00
    Minor Penalties24
    Misconducts00
    TEAM STATS
    LV
    Shots on Goal38
    Goals in Power Play0
    Faceoff Wins26
    Penalties2
    Major Penalties0
    Minor Penalties2
    Misconducts0
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    1001
    ARI1-2
    2204
    STARS OF THE GAME
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    W. Carrier LW00020/0010:374
    D. Engelland D00-160/0018:062
    C. Glass C01-104/8217:010
    N. Hague D00-110/0015:231
    N. Holden D00-310/0014:550
    W. Karlsson C00-142/3016:071
    J. Marchessault LW00-163/5015:011
    B. McNabb D01100/0021:465
    J. Merrill D00-300/0218:310
    T. Nosek LW00002/3013:490
    M. Pacioretty LW00-140/0018:562
    B. Pirri LW00-140/0016:031
    R. Reaves RW00010/4010:273
    R. Smith RW00-140/0015:050
    P. Stastny C00-1115/6017:581
    M. Stone RW00-110/0020:070
    S. Theodore D10120/0024:420
    V. Zykov RW00-110/0011:260
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Chychrun D00100/0018:381
    J. Demers D00000/0018:471
    C. Dvorak C01216/1213:000
    O. Ekman-Larsson D00020/0019:582
    C. Fischer RW00230/0012:513
    C. Garland RW20220/0011:360
    A. Goligoski D00230/0021:421
    M. Grabner LW00010/0015:110
    B. Hayton C01110/0211:240
    V. Hinostroza RW00003/1013:000
    N. Hjalmarsson D10220/0021:040
    C. Keller RW01020/0016:200
    P. Kessel RW00-110/0016:141
    J. Oesterle D01110/0018:311
    B. Richardson C00016/8014:251
    N. Schmaltz C10152/2013:090
    C. Soderberg C02326/9016:563
    D. Stepan C00-126/5019:141
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Fleury 1521340:00
    M. Subban (L)1421220:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Fleury 15
    M. Subban (L)14
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Kuemper (W)3813760:00
    GOALIESSA
    D. Kuemper (W)38
    STARS OF THE GAME
    123T
    LV2-2
    1001
    ARI1-2
    2204
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    W. Carrier LW00020/0010:374
    D. Engelland D00-160/0018:062
    C. Glass C01-104/8217:010
    N. Hague D00-110/0015:231
    N. Holden D00-310/0014:550
    W. Karlsson C00-142/3016:071
    J. Marchessault LW00-163/5015:011
    B. McNabb D01100/0021:465
    J. Merrill D00-300/0218:310
    T. Nosek LW00002/3013:490
    M. Pacioretty LW00-140/0018:562
    B. Pirri LW00-140/0016:031
    R. Reaves RW00010/4010:273
    R. Smith RW00-140/0015:050
    P. Stastny C00-1115/6017:581
    M. Stone RW00-110/0020:070
    S. Theodore D10120/0024:420
    V. Zykov RW00-110/0011:260
    Total1203826/294-21
    SKATERSGA+/-SOGFW/FLPIMTOIHITS
    J. Chychrun D00100/0018:381
    J. Demers D00000/0018:471
    C. Dvorak C01216/1213:000
    O. Ekman-Larsson D00020/0019:582
    C. Fischer RW00230/0012:513
    C. Garland RW20220/0011:360
    A. Goligoski D00230/0021:421
    M. Grabner LW00010/0015:110
    B. Hayton C01110/0211:240
    V. Hinostroza RW00003/1013:000
    N. Hjalmarsson D10220/0021:040
    C. Keller RW01020/0016:200
    P. Kessel RW00-110/0016:141
    J. Oesterle D01110/0018:311
    B. Richardson C00016/8014:251
    N. Schmaltz C10152/2013:090
    C. Soderberg C02326/9016:563
    D. Stepan C00-126/5019:141
    Total4602929/268-15
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    M. Fleury 1521340:00
    M. Subban (L)1421220:00
    GOALIESSA
    M. Fleury 15
    M. Subban (L)14
    GOALIESSAGASVSV%TOI
    D. Kuemper (W)3813760:00
    GOALIESSA
    D. Kuemper (W)38
    GOALS
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      PENALTIES
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD
      • 3RD PERIOD
      • 2ND PERIOD
      • 1ST PERIOD

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