Live Blog: Golden Knights dominate first period vs. Coyotes

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) scores past Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Hill (31) in the first period of a game at T-Mobile Arena Friday, April 9, 2021.

Jonathan Marchessault was first, snapping the team's 0-for-18 skid on the power play with a pretty wrister set up by an even prettier seam pass from Max Pacioretty.

The Golden Knights, losers of four of their last five, welcome a Coyotes team that has won six of eight and has rocketed into the fourth playoff spot in the West Division.

Tuch also mentioned the need for a strong start, echoing comments from coach Pete DeBoer as morning skate wrapped up.

In their last game, Wednesday in St. Louis, the Golden Knights allowed a goal in the first minute and two in the first period, putting them in a hole they couldn't dig out of.

Vegas is nearing a fully healthy roster, as Zach Whitecloud skated this morning for the first time since leaving the March 31 game with the Kings.

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