Domingue leads Coyotes over Habs in first NHL start

Montreal, QC ( - In his first NHL start not far from his hometown, Louis Domingue shook off a poor start to help the Arizona Coyotes top the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, on Sunday.

After allowing two goals in the first five minutes, Domingue, a native of Quebec, finished with 18 saves as Arizona improved to 2-3-2 on its ongoing eight-game road trip.

"I was told last night I'd be playing getting into the hotel," said Domingue. "I had at least 30 people here, and others were watching on television.

"I'm really lucky to play my first game here in Montreal."

Lauri Korpikoski scored two goals, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson also lit the lamp for the Coyotes.

Montreal had its five-game winning streak snapped, the last two of which were shutouts from starting goalie Carey Price, who had the day off. Dustin Tokarski allowed three goals on 32 shots.

Both Canadiens goals came courtesy of Alex Galchenyuk.

With less than two minutes to play in the second period, Arizona finally broke through on the power play. Martin Erat's shot was deflected out of midair by Korpikoski in front of the net, and video review confirmed it was a legal deflection below the crossbar.

Arizona only needed 32 seconds in the third period to tie the game. Ekman- Larsson's shot from a bad angle along the boards found its way past Tokarski for the equalizer.

"Tokarski was good for part of the game," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. "I'm sure he'd like to see the second goal again."

Korpikoski was credited with his second power-play goal of the game three minutes later when his attempted cross-ice pass to Ekman-Larsson was kicked into the net by Alexei Emelin.

The Canadiens were limited to five shots in both the second and third periods.

A day after allowing seven goals to Ottawa, Arizona got off to another poor start. Just 75 seconds into the game, Galchenyuk carried the puck from the boards to the slot and wristed a shot by Domingue for the quick 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later, Galchenyuk struck again for his 15th goal of the season right after the Coyotes killed a penalty. Montreal continued cycling the puck down low before David Desharnais found Galchenyuk in the slot to redirect the puck into the net.

Game Notes

Arizona had not won in Montreal since Oct. 28, 1996, its first season after relocating from Winnipeg ... Montreal's Max Pacioretty and Arizona's Sam Gagner lost two-game goal streaks ... The Coyotes are now 1-19-2 when trailing after two periods with both wins coming on the current road trip ... The Canadiens were 20-1-1 when scoring the first goal.