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'Yotes Notes: Trade Ends Domingue's Tenure in Arizona

The Coyotes dealt goalie Louis Domingue to Tampa Bay on Tuesday

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

WINNIPEG - The Coyotes jettisoned goaltender Louis Domingue on Tuesday a few hours before starting a four-game road trip with a game vs. the Winnipeg Jets.

Arizona traded Domingue, who posted a 0-6-0 record in seven appearances this season, to Tampa Bay for goalie Michael Leighton and forward Tye McGinn. Both players appeared only in American Hockey League games this season.

Domingue, whom the Coyotes drafted 138th overall in 2010, struggled mightily this season, his fourth with the team. His goals-against average was 4.33 and his save percentage was .856.

"We made the trade for Scott Wedgewood a few weeks ago and he's come in here and done a nice job," General Manager John Chayka said. "And we've got three goaltending prospects with our AHL team in Tucson that are winning and performing extremely well. We want to keep them playing, and we wanted to give Louis a fresh start in a place where he can go get a net and get some starts. It's good for him to get that chance with Tampa Bay. For us, it gives us some flexibility and allows us to do some other things, and we get some good depth players to help build on what we're trying to do in Tucson."

McGinn, who played 18 games for the Coyotes in 2014-15, will report to Tucson. Where Leighton, a 36-year-old veteran, will end up remains to be seen.

"We have to manage the situation and find nets for all of these guys," Chayka said of Leighton, and the three prospects in Tucson - Adin Hill, Hunter Miska and Marek Langhamer. 

Alex Goligoski scored the lone goal for Arizona in a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday at Bell MTS Place. The Coyotes are 0-6-2 in eight games at Winnipeg since the Jets returned to the NHL in 2011-12.

• The Coyotes failed to score on five power plays on Tuesday, including three in a row in the first period. They are just 1 for 22 on power plays over the past eight games.

"Lot of chances," said Brenda Perlini, who played 5:31 with a man advantage and led the team with five shots on goal. "We have to bear down and try to find something, but that's the game of hockey. Sometimes she goes in and sometimes she doesn't. We're not going to cry about it. I'm certainly not going to cry about it. You just (have) to get out and work harder and get some more chances ... I've been saying it all year: You can't complain, you can't moan. Just go play, work hard. There's no other special secret or special juice. You just have to work your way out of it, everyone, shift after shift."

Video: Perlini: 'Not Going to Cry About It'

Antti Raanta gave up three goals on 13 shots, and Head Coach Rick Tocchet pulled him from the game early in the second period. Wedgewood replaced Raanta and stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced in relief. Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves for Winnipeg.

"Thirteen shots, they get three goals," Tocchet said. "Right now we have to play a perfect game to win. (Connor) Hellebuyck, he made some unbelievable saves, and the next thing you know we're just chasing the game. You've got to make plays and we didn't score. How do you do that? You've got to keep working at it. There's no method. We're not going to go trade for Mario Lemieux."

• Winnipeg seized control of the game by scoring a goal late in the first period, and then two goals 3:25 apart in the second period on breakaways.

Tocchet was not pleased with how some of the players responded. Arizona managed just five shots on goal in the third period.

"After the Jets scored a couple goals we kind of went sideways," Tocchet said. "A couple guys were not playing the system. That kind of upset me a little bit. You can't do that in the NHL. You have to stick with it. I don't care if you're down 2-0 or 1-0, you still have a chance."

Video: Tocchet: 'Have to Sense Danger'

• With the loss, Arizona's record dropped to 2-15-3 after 20 games. With about three-fourths of the season left to play, defenseman Luke Schenn was asked what the team's primary goal is moving forward.

His response: "Let's start with getting a win. That would be the first thing. Let's not look too far ahead. We've got three games left on this road trip so I don't think we should look towards 62 games (left). That seems like it would be a little bit overwhelming at this point. Right now let's just start with one game. Obviously Montreal is playing a lot better and we're going to have a tough test in Monteral (on Thursday). We can't really look past that one."

Video: Schenn on Missed Chances vs. WPG

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