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'Yotes Notes: Domingue Takes Blame For Loss

Goalie Louis Domingue says he should have stopped Matt Duchene's game-winning goal

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

Louis Domingue Q&A

Louis Domingue discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to Avs

Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue answers questions after the team's 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday.

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GLENDALE - Goalie Louis Domingue told reporters that he was to blame for Arizona's 3-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at Gila River Arena on Saturday night.

Domingue made 31 saves, but he said he should not have allowed Matt Duchene's game-winning goal at 11:24 of the third period.

"It was just a good shot, but I read it the whole way," Domingue said. "I was there. I had my glove on it, but it just beat the glove basically, and I think it's a save I should have made. It's a save I thought I was going to make."

Duchene's shot appeared to glance off defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson's stick, but Domingue said that did not factor into the play.

"It hit a soft part of my glove, but it's no excuse," Domingue said. "I just can't have that, especially when we're struggling to get wins. I can't give up three goals every night and hope that we have more wins than we do right now. It's impossible in this League. You have to rely a lot on your goalie. If you keep giving goals like that you'll never do well."

Radim Vrbata gave Arizona a 1-0 lead at 14:57 of the first period. All five Coyotes skaters touched the puck as they crisply moved it across and up the ice to set up the goal. Max Domi earned the primary assist to extend his point streak to four games. 

"It was right there for us again," Vrbata said. "We have to be better and find ways to win these tight games."

Video: Radim Vrbata discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to Avs

• Head Coach Dave Tippett could tell both teams were lethargic; the Coyotes because they'd just returned from a grueling six-game road trip and the Avalanche because they played a game on Friday night in Denver.

"Vrbata's goal is a good play for us, but we didn't have much push after that," Tippett said. "That line was pretty good, but not much else."

• Trailing 3-1, Tobias Rieder scored a nifty breakaway goal off a nice stretch pass by Ekman-Larsson with 4:04 to play.

"Me and OEL, we've tried that a couple times," Rieder said. "Every time we get the chance we pretty much try it and today it worked out really well."

• Center Martin Hanzal entered the game ranked third in the NHL in face-off winning percentage at 62.7 percent.

Against the Avalanche he won 13 of 18 draws.

"He's always been a good face-off guy," Tippett said. "The thing about him is he's good on both sides, too. Some guys have a strength, one side or the other. He's pretty reliable on either side. He's our go-to guy in that situation. If we had a big draw that we had to win, he'd be the one going out there."

• Captain Shane Doan played in his 1,474th game to tie Doug Gilmour for 21st place on the NHL's all-time games played list.

• Defenseman Michael Stone missed the game because of an upper-body injury he suffered in Thursday's game at Philadelphia. Stone took part in the morning skate and is considered day-to-day.

"I think he should be all right by Tuesday (vs. San Jose), but (he) just couldn't go today," Tippett said.

Video: Dave Tippett discusses Coyotes' 3-2 loss to Avs

Without Stone, Tippett paired Stone's partner Alex Goligoski with Ekman-Larsson for the first time this season. Ekman-Larsson played 27:51 and Goligoski played 27:33.

• Tippett said goalie Mike Smith remains week-to-week because of a lower-body injury. Smith hasn't skated since suffering the injury during a game vs. Ottawa on Oct. 18. Tippett said Smith continues to get treatment for the injury, and the team is hopeful he can skate at some point this upcoming week.

"The position he plays, so much down and up, that's going to be a factor for him," Tippett said. "No real change. (He) continues to progress."

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