GLENDALE, Ariz. — William Karlsson scored with 43 seconds remaining in the third period for the Vegas Golden Knights in a 1-0 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on Sunday.
Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves for his first shutout of the season and 62nd in his NHL career.
The Golden Knights (5-1-0) won for the third time in the four-game series. Vegas won on home ice, 4-2 on Monday and 5-2 on Wednesday, before Arizona came back to win at home 5-2 on Friday, Vegas’ first loss of the season.
Darcy Kuemper made 26 saves for the Coyotes (2-3-1), who lost at home to a division opponent in regulation for the first time since a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames on Dec. 12, 2019.
Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun appeared to go the wrong way trying to play the puck behind the net on the decisive goal, allowing Jonathan Marchessault to pass to Karlsson near the right post for a wrist shot.
Vegas outshot Arizona 19-11 through the first two periods and had two excellent opportunities to take the initial lead on the same shift in the second period.
Marchessault had an opening inside the near post but the puck came off his stick in the crease just before he could shoot. Seconds later, Reilly Smith‘s shot from the high slot deflected off the crossbar at 14:08.
Early in the third, Coyotes forward Phil Kessel was open in front, but Fleury covered in time as he tried to go five-hole. On the next shift, Fleury was screened and didn’t see on a Johan Larsson shot from the left circle, but it deflected off the post.