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‘Yotes Notes: Domingue ‘Met the Challenge’ of Back-to-Back Games

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

Head Coach Dave Tippett opted to start rookie goalie Louis Domingue on Saturday night vs. the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Center. The decision likely surprised some observers considering Domingue had played Friday night at home vs. Calgary and his only other back-to-back experience in the NHL was a lopsided loss to Winnipeg in the second straight game he played just before the All-Star break.

Domingue stopped 24 of 27 shots faced vs. the Sharks in a 4-1 loss.

“I think really it’s more the media that makes it bigger than it is,” Domingue said of starting back-to-back games. “It’s just a game of hockey. We’re well rested and we take care of our bodies so we should be able to perform night after night.”

Tippett liked the way Domingue played.

“He met the challenge tonight,” Tippett said. “It's too bad we couldn't get the goal support for him.”

Domingue, whom the NHL crowned Rookie of the Month for January, is starting to play better after a mini-slump to start February.

“I’m feeling good and feeling like things are going my way again” said Domingue, who has posted a 10-8-4 record this season. “I’ve just got to keep working hard and keep trying to give our team a chance to win. Obviously there’s always more you can do and I’ve got to find a way to do that.”

• Center Martin Hanzal scored Arizona’s lone goal on a partial breakaway at 1:58 of the second period. It was Hanzal’s eighth goal of the season, and his second in the past three games after a 12-game goal-scoring drought.

• The Coyotes, who played Friday night at home and beat Calgary, 4-1, dropped to 4-6-1 in the second game of back-to-back games this season.

• Forward Jordan Martinook suffered a lower-body injury when he blocked a shot by Sharks forward Logan Couture with 7:41 left in the third period during a San Jose power play. Martinook skated gingerly to the ice after the block and remained on the bench for the rest of the game.

• The Sharks appeared to score a goal at 10:37 of the third period when forward Tomas Hertl redirected a shot past Domingue. The goal was quickly waved off because Hertl’s stick was too high when he made contact with the puck. A video review confirmed the “No Goal” call on the ice.

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