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Coyotes Blank Sharks in Preseason Finale

Louis Domingue starred in 4-0 win at San Jose on Saturday

by Dave Vest @davest4yotes / Coyotes Sr. Director of News Content

Louis Domingue made 31 saves, and Derek Stepan and Brendan Perlini scored two goals apiece to lead the Coyotes to a 4-0 preseason victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night at the SAP Center.

With the victory, Arizona finished its preseason schedule with a 2-3-1 record under first-year Head Coach Rick Tocchet.

"That was definitely a good game to finish on," Perlini said. "San Jose has a great team, and they had pretty much most of their guys in, so to get a shutout was great and we're looking forward to the start of the regular season now."

Perlini scored a third-period breakaway goal and an empty-net goal for the Coyotes, and Clayton Keller and Max Domi both chipped in two assists. 

Video: Perlini Tallies 2G in 4-0 Preseason Win

Stepan notched his first goal at 16:13 of the first period at even strength, and his second goal on a power play at 6:37 of the second period.

"I thought we did a better job of limiting the amount of opportunities they got tonight," Stepan said. "We're still trying to get better. We're still learning. There's still some teaching moments, but for the most part, overall, we did a lot of good things. That's all you can really ask for right now."

Both Stepan and Perlini finished the preseason with three goals each. Keller, a rookie trying to earn a spot on the Opening Night roster, notched three goals, too, and a team-high eight points in the exhibition season.

Video: Stepan: 'Not Going to Stop Being a Leader'

Domingue started Arizona's final three preseason games because starter Antti Raanta is sidelined with a minor lower-body injury.

The Coyotes will begin their regular season on Oct. 5 at Anaheim. Before that, Tocchet and his staff must make a few more roster cuts.

"There's a couple guys, (we) still haven't seen them separate from each other," Tocchet said before Saturday's game. "That's the tough part. You wish a couple guys would just separate themselves, make easier decisions. We'll see. We've got some decisions to make this weekend."




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