Pietrangelo gets first goal with Golden Knights in win against Coyotes


LAS VEGAS — Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal with the Vegas Golden Knights in their fourth straight win, 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday.

Pietrangelo, who signed a seven-year, $61.6 million contract with Vegas on Oct. 12 after playing the first 12 seasons of his NHL career with the St. Louis Blues, scored at 8:33 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead when the puck caromed off the boards to the defenseman in the right circle. 

The Golden Knights are 4-0-0 for the first time in their history; they won the first three games of their inaugural season in 2017-18.

Shea Theodore scored twice, and Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists for the Golden Knights, who won the first two of four straight games against the Coyotes. They will play the next two games at Gila River Arena. Marc-Andre Fleury made 21 saves.

Nick Schmaltz scored for the second consecutive game, and Phil Kessel scored his fourth goal for the Coyotes (1-2-1). Darcy Kuemper made 24 saves.

Theodore scored off a one-timer from the top of the right circle at 5:18 of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

Mark Stone made it 3-0 at 10:39 of the second period on a breakaway.

Schmaltz quickly made it 3-1 at 11:52 of the second.

Theodore scored his second goal at 5:01 of the third period, and Tuch made it 5-1 on the power play at 6:14.

Stone finished with a goal and an assist; he leads the NHL with seven points (two goals, five assists) through four games.

Kessel scored at 7:38 for the 5-2 final.

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