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Louis Domingue helps Coyotes defeat Sharks

Arizona goalie makes 39 saves in win against San Jose

by Jerry Brown / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Louis Domingue was determined to give the Arizona Coyotes 60 minutes of solid goaltending Tuesday, and he delivered on a very busy night.

Domingue made a career-high 39 saves and the Coyotes supported him with three goals in the second period of a 3-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Gila River Arena.

"We needed this game as a team," said Domingue, who had five losses in six games this season. "They are a great team. It was a big test for us, and we responded very well. I have been feeling good and playing well in the first period, but it was about focusing for 60 minutes and getting the job done."

Brad Richardson, Lawson Crouse and Jamie McGinn scored in an 8:17 span for the Coyotes (3-6-0), who blocked 27 shots and held an opponent to fewer than three goals for the first time this season.

"It hurts to win and I think we understood that tonight," Domingue said. "We did a phenomenal job getting in the shooting lanes, knowing these guys are taking a lot of shots. We made huge blocks at key moments."

Patrick Marleau and Mikkel Boedker scored for San Jose (6-4-0), which is 2-4-0 on the road after going an NHL-best 28-10-3 away from home last season. Goalie Martin Jones made 27 saves for the Sharks, who had allowed three goals over a three-game winning streak that ended Tuesday.

"You have to give their goalie credit; he was excellent," San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said. "Their commitment to blocking shots … they haven't won many games lately and you could see they were desperate to win tonight."

The Sharks dominated the first period with 14 shots. But Domingue made sparkling saves on Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi before San Jose broke through when Marleau beat him to the blocker side with a wrist shot from the left circle at 14:07.

Video: SJS@ARI: Domingue stops Donskoi, Hertl on power play

Arizona responded in the second period. Richardson collected Tobias Rieder's wide shot behind the net, walked out in front and stuffed a backhander under Jones' stick at 3:42. Richardson has a point in seven of Arizona's nine games this season.

Crouse scored his first NHL goal 1:08 later when he parked himself in front and deflected Kevin Connauton's shot past Jones to make it 2-1.

Boedker made it 3-2 with Jones pulled for an extra skater with 11.9 seconds left.

The Coyotes lost forward Martin Hanzal in the second period and Rieder in the third because of lower-body injuries.

 

Goal of the game

Arizona made it 3-1 at 11:59 when McGinn used Anthony Duclair's screen to beat Jones with a wrist shot to the top corner.

Video: SJS@ARI: McGinn beats Jones over glove to extend lead

 

Save of the game

Domingue best save came late in the second period. Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon was all alone in the slot with 5.1 seconds left, but Domingue made a sweeping glove save to allow the Coyotes to take a two-goal lead into the third period.

Video: SJS@ARI: Domingue flashes the leather to rob Dillon

 

Unsung moment of the game

With Hanzal out early, Richardson got a workout in his 600th NHL game. He played 19 minutes, won 13 of 26 faceoffs, led the Coyotes with five shots and scored his fourth goal at 3:42 of the second period to tie Radim Vrbata for the team lead.

Video: SJS@ARI: Richardson beats Jones with solo effort

 

Highlight of the game

Crouse, 19, redirected a Connauton shot from the point for his first goal in his sixth NHL game. The fourth line of Crouse, Jordan Martinook and Ryan White was Arizona's best in the first two periods.

Video: SJS@ARI: Crouse tips home first career goal

 

They said it

"It's a pretty special feeling. I was lucky enough to get a stick on it, and from there on out I kind of blacked out a little bit. I knew I'd scored, but I can't tell you about much else." -- Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse on his first NHL goal

 

"It was nice to be appreciated. I was here a lot of years, so it was a nice moment and one I'll cherish." -- Sharks forward Mikkel Boedker, who scored in his return to Arizona and was honored with a video tribute in the first period

 

Video: SJS@ARI: Boedker buries one-timer from Donskoi

 

Need to know

Nine different Coyotes got a point. … Arizona defenseman Michael Stone missed his third straight game because of an upper body injury. … Sharks forward Melker Karlsson took a shot from defenseman Brent Burns to the face in the second period but returned for the third.

 
What's next

Sharks: Home against the Calgary Flames on Thursday (10:30 p.m. ET; SN 360, CSN, CA, NHL.TV)

Coyotes: Home against the Nashville Predators on Thursday (10 p.m. ET; FS-A, FS-TN, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Domingue, Coyotes top Sharks, 3-2

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