Louis Domingue (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
Coyotes rookie netminder Louis Domingue has had some troubles lately, but you wouldn’t know it by watching him dive across his crease to rob Canucks star Henrik Sedin. Domingue, 23, stopped 24 of 26 shots Wednesday in a 2-1 loss.
Surrendering two goals from center ice has put Louis Domingue on the highlight reel for all the wrong reasons, but the rookie Coyotes netminder — who is one of the sole reasons Arizona is still in the playoff hunt — deserves ever bit of praise after an awesome save he made Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.
Late in the first period, with the Coyotes already down 1-0, a neutral zone turnover and some impressive passing by Henrik Sedin and Jannik Hansen turned a two-on-one for the Canucks into a wide-open net attempt for Sedin. Or rather what would have been a shot at a yawning cage were it not for Domingue, 23, doing his best Superman impression and stretching out to fly across his crease:
Domingue’s save helped keep the Coyotes in the game, and he went on to turn away 22 of the next 23 shots that came his way after surrendering the early goal to Canucks rookie Jake Virtanen. The Arizona offense, however, could only muster one goal as the Coyotes dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Domingue was thrust into the starting role after Coyotes starter Mike Smith went down with injury, and he’s performed admirably in Smith’s absense. The past couple of weeks have been unkind to Domingue, though.
Heading into a Jan. 26 game against the Winnipeg Jets, Domingue boasted a 2.08 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts. He was shaky in the game against the Jets, however, allowing five goals on 25 shots and being pulled after two periods. It didn’t get better for Domingue after the all-star break, though. In each of his next two games, Feb. 2 against Los Angeles and Feb. 4 against Chicago, Domingue allowed five goals. Allowing only two goals Wednesday was a positive sign for Domingue, though.
Through 20 appearances this season, he has a 2.61 GAA, .915 SP, two shutouts and a 9-7-4 record.