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Golden Knights beat Coyotes 3-2 in OT after blowing lead

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Jonathan Marchessault scored on a power play at 3:04 overtime. Marchessault missed Friday’s game with a lower-body injury and was frustrated with himself for a slashing penalty in the third period but made up for it with his game-winner. Marc-Andre Fleury moved into a tie for the third on the NHL‘s all-time wins list, and the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Saturday night.

It felt pretty good to get on the board tonight,” he said.

The Coyotes got off to a slow start a night after ending the Golden Knights’ 10-game winning streak with a 3-0 win. William Karlsson and Mark Stone scored to put Vegas up, and Fleury was sharp through the first two periods. Arizona came to life in the third period, with Christian Fischer scoring midway through and Christian Dvorak tying it on a power play with 5 1/2 minutes left. In overtime, Arizona was called for too many men on the ice. Marchessault beat Darcy Kuemper from the left circle to help Vegas maintain a four-point lead in the West Division after Colorado beat San Jose. The Golden Knights have won 11 of 12.

Fleury stopped 19 shots to match Roberto Luongo for third all-time with 289 wins.

“Roberto is a guy I watched from his junior days, and I got to play against him a bunch in the NHL, too,” Fleury said. “Being a French-Canadian guy, I also watched him to see what he was doing. He was one of those goalies I watched growing up and tried to imitate.”Kuemper stopped 31 shots for Arizona and was four points behind St. Louis for the final playoff spot in the West Division with four games left.

Golden Knights and Coyotes played a physical game on Friday, and the hits kept coming less than 24 hours later. Vegas dominated early, firing off 14 of the first 15 shots, and Karlsson scored on a one-timer from just outside the crease on a pass by Reilly Smith. Stone made it 2-0 midway through the second, beating Kuemper to the glove side after an ill-advised drop pass by Arizona’s Christian Fischer at the other end led to a 2-on-1. Stone eclipsed 20 goals for the eighth straight season.

In the third period, leery stopped Phil Kessel on an early breakaway, but Fischer beat him to the stick side midway through after a puck caromed to the slot. Dvorak tied it when he skated free through the place on a power play and beat Fleury to the stick side. “That’s good resiliency,” Fischer said. “We tie it up there, allowing ourselves to win in overtime. It’s very, very unfortunate how that ended.”

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