Getting some relief time on Saturday is one thing, but starting a game was still a nerve-wracking experience for Arizona Coyotes goalie Louis Domingue. After a rocky opening stretch, he channeled those nerves into his first NHL win as the Coyotes edged the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Sunday.
At first, it definitely seemed like a laugher. Alex Galchenyuk beat Domingue twice within the opening five minutes to make it 2-0. The 22-year-old told the Arizona Republic’s Sarah McLellan that he was a little rattled to start.
“The first five minutes [were] really hard,” Domingue said. “It was a lot of emotion to take in.”
There were plenty of emotions at the end, too. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston sets quite the scene:
The Coyotes carried much of the play on Sunday, firing 32 shots on goal to Montreal’s 20. Still, there was enough of a flurry at the end that Domingue faced some tense moments.
This represents just the second win for Arizona in 10 games, ending Montreal’s resourceful winning streak at five. Considering how miserably things have been going for the Coyotes, they might just want to see if Domingue can show a little more after grabbing his first career victory.