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‘Yotes Notes: Domingue’s Lone Mistake Proves Costly vs. Lightning

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE – Goalie Louis Domingue made just one mistake on Saturday night and it ended up being all the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to beat the Coyotes, 2-0, at Gila River Arena.

“I just didn't see it,” Domingue said of the wrist shot taken by Lightning forward Ondrej Palat at 19:03 of the first period that got past him. “It's too bad that it comes down to that one goal but what can you do? You put that behind you and move on.”

Tampa Bay’s other goal was an empty-netter scored by Nikita Kucherov with Domingue sitting on the bench for an extra attacker in the game’s final minute.

Domingue, making his first start since March 11, stopped 32 of 33 shots in the 33rd start of his rookie season.

“I think the one that went in on him he would certainly like to have back,” Head Coach Dave Tippett said. “He made some good saves, he was competitive in there and gave us a chance to win. That’s what you want from your goaltender. That one mistake he made went in, but that being said he made some real good saves.”

Domingue’s best save came with 17:05 left in the third period when he got a glove on a breakaway shot by Palat to keep the deficit at 1-0.

Domingue has shifted into backup goalie mode since Mike Smith returned from injury on March 12. Smith will start Sunday’s game at San Jose.

As for Domingue, he plans to be ready when called upon and hopefully solidify himself as Smith’s backup for next season.

“It’s an audition every game whether you’ve been here for years or just one year,” Domingue said. “Every time I’m out there I’m trying to give 100 percent and give the team a chance to win.”

• The Coyotes have not allowed a power-play goal in five consecutive games. The penalty-kill unit is a perfect 16-for-16 in those games.

“Again we were solid and we’ve been solid for a while here,” Domingue said. “We understand each other out there and understand our jobs and what we have to do and just execute.”

• The Coyotes had nearly 2:00 of 5-on-3 power-play time early in the second period but failed to get the puck past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop.

“If you get a 5-on-3 for two minutes you’re expecting yourself to give your team a chance and put the puck in the back of the net,” said rookie Max Domi, who took a career-high eight shots on goal. “But Bishop is pretty good, obviously… They kept us to the outside and it wasn’t good enough… It’s tough to swallow that one.”

• Rookie Anthony Duclair swapped punches with Tampa Bay forward J.T. Brown early in the third period after Brown took a few whacks with his stick at the puck/Domingue after the whistle had blown.

Domingue appreciated the gesture.

“I think that’s the whole spirit of our team; we stand up for each other,” Domingue said. “Anthony did that tonight, and other nights it’s other people standing up for others. It’s a positive sign and it shows a lot of character from our room.”

• Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, who leads the Coyotes with 30 assists and 49 points, missed a fifth consecutive game because of an upper-body injury. He did accompany the team to San Jose after the game and could make his return on Sunday night vs. the Sharks.

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