Typically, when a team loses its first two goalies, hopes of making the playoffs fade.
After starting goaltender Tristan Jarry suffered a foot injury in April, the Penguins turned to Casey DeSmith for their playoff run. However, the latter was injured in the second overtime in the first game of their series against the New York Rangers.
After gulping down a few bites of spicy pork and broccoli, Quebec goaltender Louis Domingue arrived to relieve his team. Despite the fact that it was him cold Having been off the ice for hours, the Saint-Hyacinthe native blocked all 17 shots aimed at him and Sidney Crosby’s side won.
In the next two encounters, Domingue stopped 35 and 32 shots. His team now has a 2-1 lead in the series.
The former Moncton Wildcats and Quebec Remparts have multiplied key saves in recent games to keep his team in good position.
Incredible save by Louis Domingue!
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It’s also starting to get a lot of praise. Crosby gave him particular praise after Domingue allowed the Penguins to win Game 3 of the series yesterday.
They attacked him vigorously and he made some great saves including this one-timer which he blocked with his shoulder. It gives us confidence. When we run out of penalties, when we make those big saves, that spurs us on. And he’s been doing it since he’s here, it’s nice to see that he’s having this success.
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— Allan Walsh (@walsha) May 8, 2022
Even Rangers coach Gérard Gallant gives him a lot of credit.
#NYR Gerard Gallant: “You have to give credit to Louis Domingue, when the score was 4-4 he made 2 or 3 great saves on our power play. That was a big part of the game.”
Seriously, Domingue has fed off the PPG Paints Arena crowd who took it upon themselves to show their faith in him.
— Mollie Walker (@MollieeWalkerr) May 8, 2022
The Quebecer, who played his first game in front of Penguins fans yesterday, really appreciated the crowd’s support.
Louis Domingue on the fans chanting his name all night: “It was great. It’s the first experience for me at home. I haven’t played a single game at home. It’s cool to experience the whole thing, you know? Do not do it.” get better than the playoffs.”
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To see a goaltender like Domingue succeed after rolling his belly across America is heart warming. In fact, he has played for 13 different teams in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL since the 2014-2015 season.
That year he spent most of the season with Wilkes-Barre in the American League. It certainly wasn’t in the Penguins’ plans to have him as a starting goaltender in the playoffs, but they are happy with his success.
In recent years we’ve seen several goaltenders like Domingue appear out of nowhere and lead their teams deep into the playoffs. We are thinking in particular of Jordan Binnington, Michael Leighton, Antti Niemi or Jaroslav Halak.
Will Domingo be added to this list? The series is still very young, but the Quebecer is the perfect candidate for the title of obscure hero.
— William Nylander, Tyler Toffoli, Jamie Benn, Filip Forsberg and Andrew Mangiapane are yet to score after three playoff games.
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– Hot battle between Chelsea and Arsenal for third place in the Premier League.
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– It’s crazy, but it has to be said that advances in athlete nutrition and health have a lot to do with it.
Sidney Crosby, 34, plays like he’s 25.
Alex Ovechkin, 36, plays like 25.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, plays like 25.
Tom Brady, 44, plays like he’s 25.
— Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 8, 2022
– The Nemec-Jiricek debate would be very interesting to follow in the coming weeks.
We asked in the NHL draft class @NHLCentralScout Director Dan Marr what separates top defenders Simon Nemec and David Jiricek. Check out his answer and more wherever you get your podcasts.
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– Of course, but at what cost?
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