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‘Yotes Notes: Domingue Says Team ‘Deserved Better Result’ vs. Caps

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

The Coyotes began a five-game road trip with a 3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night at the Verizon Center.

It was a disappointing outcome for Arizona, especially considering the game-winning goal was scored under iffy circumstances.

Mike Richards netted the goal at 8:43 of the third period moments after Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue appeared to have covered the puck with his glove seemingly long enough for a referee to blow a whistle. No whistle was blown and Richards blasted the puck, which became loose again, into the net.

Domingue slammed his stick into the crossbar immediately after the goal was scored and argued that he had frozen the puck. The four officials conferred briefly, but the goal, which gave Washington a 3-1 lead, stood as called.

After the game, Domingue, who made 31 saves, still was not pleased.

“I think we deserved a better fate tonight, a better result,” Domingue told reporters. “Another weird call by the refs. To me, that cost us the game.”

He added: “I’m expecting that they treat every guy the same way and I feel like because I don’t have many games in this League I’m being treated differently. I think if (Capitals goalie Braden) Holtby would have covered the puck this way they would have blew the whistle right away. All game it was the same thing; I didn’t have the whistle. It happened before the third (period). I’m asking them and they don’t have a reply for me. I don’t think I looked like a guy that was fighting the puck tonight. I think I had control of every puck. To me, it’s just unacceptable that they don’t treat us the same way … We’re playing the best team in the League, and to get calls like that frustrates me… It’s unfortunate.”

Head Coach Dave Tippett was not nearly as frustrated about the goal as was his rookie goalie.

“It’s a play you’ve got to stay with it, all the way through. You can hope the referee blows the whistle but you've got to play it right ‘til you hear the whistle,” Tippett said.

• The Coyotes reverted to a lineup featuring 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Of their 27 shots on goal, 15 came from blueliners with Kevin Connauton, Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Connor Murphy leading the way with four each.

• Murphy scored Arizona’s second goal at 9:43 of the third period. The goal was his fifth of the season, which is the most he has scored in an NHL season in his brief career.

• Ekman-Larsson returned to the lineup after missing most of Saturday’s game because of a lower-body injury. He played a team-high 25:03 and assisted on Murphy’s goal for his 200th NHL point. He will play his 400th NHL game on Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

“(The injury) wasn’t that serious and I felt good in the warm-ups so I decided to play and I’m glad I did,” Ekman-Larsson said. “I’m glad I’m back.”

• Connauton gave the Coyotes a 1-0 lead when he wristed a shot from the mid-slot past Holtby at 3:25 of the second period. The goal was Connauton’s fourth of the season and his third with Arizona – all in the past week.

“He’s getting some points and getting some goals and that’s really helping us right now,” Tippett said. “We need everybody to contribute like that. Close isn’t good enough. We’ve got to get better than close. That’s what we’re looking for tomorrow night (at Tampa Bay).”

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