Can you imagine if Steve Webb did this to the fans in Toronto ? He
would be out of hockey and would be on trial.
And sadly this TORONTO ARTICLE leaves out the most important point,
that Domi squirted water on the fans and started the incident.
If it were not so funny it would have been sad.
From what I saw, the fan held his own with Domi.
Leafs Tie one on
Plugger Domi sparks victory in Philadelphia
By MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun
PHILADELPHIA -- The Maple Leafs do have a pulse after all, and its
name is Tie Domi.
With his listless team left for dead by many over the past few
weeks, the Leafs pepperpot was ready to take on all comers last
night -- including the raucous Philadelphia Flyers fans.
"He energized us," said Leafs forward Jonas Hoglund, who scored the
winning goal in Toronto's 2-1 victory over the Flyers at the First
Union Center. "We were watching him on the bench and it just got us
Domi did not register a point but he certainly made one early in the
third period in one of the most bizarre incidents in recent memory.
With the blood-thirsty Philly crowd screaming for his head, Domi was
sent to the penalty box to serve a coincidental unsportsmanlike-
conduct minor with the Flyers' Luke Richardson.
As Domi sat, he was hit by some rubbish from the fans and a portly
yahoo behind the penalty box began jawing at him. Domi responded by
squirting water at the fan, later identified as 35-year-old Chris
Falcone of Habertown, Pa.
Outraged, the fan attempted to get at the player, and the protective
glass that separates the penalty box from the stands gave way. He and
Domi exchanged shots before security intervened.
"It's nice to see the fans get involved, I guess," Domi said.
Buoyed by Domi's feistiness, Hoglund responded with the winning goal
at 4:06 of the third period -- 30 seconds after the altercation and
just eight seconds after the Flyers' Kent Manderville was sent to the
box for interference.
The Leafs moved seven points ahead of the idle Boston Bruins and
Carolina Hurricanes, who are tied for eighth place in the NHL Eastern
All the post-game buzz centred around Domi, who was greeted by a
huge media throng when he emerged from the trainers room.
"Something like that hasn't happened to me since junior B," Domi
"I wasn't planning on fighting the guy, but he came into my
territory and I had to protect my turf. I grew up having to protect
myself my entire life and this is no different."
Domi got off easier than linesman Kevin Collins, who absorbed
several shots to the head from the fan while attempting to break up
"Kevin took a few for me," Domi said. "That doesn't happen very
"When the fans started chanting 'Domi sucks!' that got me going even
Jim Gregory, the NHL's senior vice-president, hockey operations,
witnessed the incident from the press box but said it was too early
to tell if a possible fine or suspension was pending.
In the eyes of his teammates, Domi did nothing wrong.
"I was with Tie (yesterday) and he wasn't drinking any beers,"
goaltender Curtis Joseph said. "I'm sure the other guy had about 30
or 40. Who are you going to side with?
"If you're as tough as Tie, not much is going to bother him when it
comes to a confrontation."
Joseph was his usual spectacular self, stopping 38 shots --
including 21 in the third period -- and was the game's first star.
Flyers goaltender Roman Cechmanek, was not as fortunate. Not only
did he allow power-play goals to Hoglund and Gary Roberts, he allowed
Domi to creep under his skin.
Midway through the second period, Cechmanek hacked Domi as the Leafs
tough guy was skating past the net. While Domi crumpled into the
boards and was prone on the ice for about 90 seconds, Cechmanek
snapped at being assessed a high-sticking penalty and yelled at the
officials and Domi.
Dan McGillis scored the lone Flyers goal.
Leafs defenceman Wade Belak hurt his shoulder during the first
period and will be out indefinitely. Belak was in the lineup
replacing Dave Manson, who was a healthy scratch.