Pacioretty scores hat trick as Vegas beats Arizona in pre-season opener

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Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) scores his third goal to complete a hat trick against Arizona Coyotes goaltender Adin Jill (31) during the second period of an NHL pre-season hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS — Max Pacioretty had a hat trick and an assist to help the Vegas Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes 6-2 on Sunday in the NHL pre-season opener.

Cody Eakin, Reilly Smith, and Brayden McNabb also scored for the Golden Knights. They had five straight goals after falling behind 2-1 midway through the first period. Smith and McNabb scored short-handed.

Ilya Lyubushkin and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for Arizona.

Malcolm Subban played the entire game in goal for Vegas, making 29 saves. Coyotes starter Adin Hill allowed four goals on 23 shots in the first two periods, and Erik Kallgren made eight saves on nine shots in the third.

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