Goalie nods: After ripping ‘unacceptable’ officiating last night, Domingue goes back-to-back


Last night, Arizona’s Louis Domingue sounded like a frustrated goalie following a 3-2 loss in Washington.

“I’m expecting that they treat every guy the same way, and I felt like because I don’t have many games in this league, I’m being treated differently,” Domingue said per Fox Sports, venting that officials didn’t blow play dead when Tom Wilson jostled away the puck from his glove, which led to a Mike Richards goal. “And I think that if [Braden] Holtby would’ve covered the puck this way, they would’ve [blown] the whistle right away. All game it was the same thing.

“I didn’t have the whistle. It’s just unacceptable that they don’t treat us the same way.”

Today, Domingue admitted he was a frustrated goalie.

“I know they have a tough job,” Domingue said, per AZ Central. “They do a good job at it. Sometimes after games, you get emotional. There’s stuff that you say, but I still think I had possession of the puck. I understand that they had a tough job, and it’s a fast game. I make mistakes.”

Later tonight, Domingue will try to right the ship.

The rookie netminder is back in goal in the second of a back-to-back as the Coyotes take on the Bolts in Tampa Bay. After winning January’s rookie of the month award, the 23-year-old has struggled through a rough February — he’s 3-5-1 and has allowed 29 goals on 272 shots over the nine-game stretch… for a save percentage of .893.

So maybe that’s part of the frustration, too.

For the Bolts, Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the start in goal.


— Both the Rangers and Devils are expected to go with their No. 1s in a rivalry game at Prudential: Henrik Lundqvist versus Cory Schneider.

Michal Neuvirth, who replaced Steve Mason against Toronto over the weekend, is back in goal for the Flyers. Cam Ward goes for the ‘Canes.

James Reimer goes for the host Maple Leafs tonight, while the Preds are likely to counter with Carter Hutton.

Petr Mrazek takes back the starter’s net when Detroit hosts Columbus. No word yet on a Blue Jackets starter (Joonas Korpisalo has started 12 straight, though).

Jaroslav Halak takes on Devan Dubnyk as the Isles play in Minnesota.

Ondrej Pavelec will make his fourth start since returning from injury when the Jets host the Stars. Antti Niemi is in goal for Dallas.

— The red-hot Craig Anderson (1.51 GAA, .951 save percentage over last three starts) goes for Ottawa in Edmonton. Cam Talbot starts for the Oilers.

— Joni Ortio gets a rare start as the Flames take on the Kings in L.A. Jonathan Quick will be in the other goal.