LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights scored four goals in the first period then withstood a third-period rally from the Arizona Coyotes for a 7-4 victory at T-Mobile Arena on Friday.
The Golden Knights took a 5-0 lead when Chandler Stephenson scored at 4:10 of the second period, but Arizona scored three unanswered goals, including twice in 58 seconds in the third period.
Reilly Smith scored twice, and Robin Lehner made 22 saves for Vegas (26-11-2), which has won two of three since losing three in a row.
Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist, and Phil Kessel has three assists for Arizona (19-17-5), which has lost consecutive games after winning three straight. Adin Hill made 27 saves in two periods. He was replaced by Ivan Prosvetov, who made three saves
The Golden Knights scored four times in the first period in a span of 5:41. Jonathan Marchessault scored on the power play at 3:03 to make it 1-0.
William Carrier made it 2-0 at 4:41, and Keegan Kolesar increased it to 3-0 at 6:59. Smith scored shorthanded at 8:44 for a 4-0 lead.
Schmaltz made it 5-1 at 19:07 of the second on the power play.
Dryden Hunt brought the Coyotes within 5-2 at 2:42 of the third, and Clayton Keller cut it to 5-3 at 3:40.
Smith restored Arizona’s three goal lead, scoring at 9:44 to make it 6-3.
Michael Bunting scored 15 seconds later, at 9:59, to make it 6-4 before Max Pacioretty scored an empty-net goal at 19:05 for the 7-4 final.
Coyotes forward Christian Fischer left at 13:46 of the second period after he was checked into the boards by Carrier.