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Toronto's Domi, fan scuffle in penalty box

Posted: Friday, March 30, 2001

PHILADELPHIA -- Tie Domi's latest trip to the penalty box might keep him off the ice even longer.

Domi, Toronto's penalty-minutes leader, wrestled with a spectator who tumbled into the penalty box during the Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.

''Hey that's old time hockey, it was perfect,'' Domi said, laughing. ''Hey, he comes into my territory, that's what happens.''

The rugged forward had just been penalized early in the third period. He was being taunted by fans, and twice sprayed water on a few who were sitting in the front row before Chris Falcone, a 36-year-old concrete worker from Havertown, Pa., lunged toward Domi. He landed on the glass partition separating fans from the box. The glass gave way, and Falcone and Domi scuffled before linesman Kevin Collins stepped in.

Domi's actions were reviewed by arena security and the NHL is expected to conduct its own review, which could lead to a fine and suspension.

''They threw stuff at me. Once was enough,'' Domi said. ''After the second one, I told the guy in the penalty box that after one more I was going to squirt water. So I squirted water. I mean, I didn't plan on fighting anybody.''

Falcone, who was treated by medical personnel at the arena and did not go to a hospital, was given a police citation that requires a court appearance.

Domi was not penalized further and played later in the period.

Canadiens 6, Lightning 2

TAMPA, Fla. -- Martin Rucinsky scored on a penalty shot and Patrice Brisebois had the winning goal for the second time in three games as Montreal beat Tampa Bay.

The Canadiens are 3-0-1-1 in their last five road games, while the Lightning have lost four straight at home.

Rangers 6, Islanders 4

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Radek Dvorak scored a career-high four goals as the New York Rangers completed a home-and-home sweep of the New York Islanders.

Petr Nedved and Jan Hlavac each had a goal and assist, and Mark Messier and Manny Malhotra each had a pair of assists as the Rangers won consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 17-19.

Penguins 5, Blackhawks 2

PITTSBURGH -- Jaromir Jagr had his fourth multiple-goal game in March and Mario Lemieux also had two goals as Pittsburgh beat Chicago.

Pittsburgh won its third in a row, all with rookie Johan Hedberg in goal, to move within one point of fifth-place Buffalo in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Avalanche 1, Flames 0

CALGARY, Alberta -- Rookie David Aebischer made 29 saves for his third shutout and Chris Drury scored with 4:39 left as Colorado beat Calgary.

Predators 4, Coyotes 3, OT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David Legwand scored his second goal of the game 36 seconds into overtime as Nashville beat Phoenix.

Sharks 7, Mighty Ducks 4

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose's Teemu Selanne and Anaheim's Paul Kariya scored three goals apiece but the Sharks beat Kariya and the rest of Selanne's former Anaheim teammates.

Kings 3, Blue Jackets 0

LOS ANGELES -- Ziggy Palffy scored twice in the first period, and Felix Potvin made 27 saves in his 19th career shutout as Los Angeles beat Columbus.

Bryan Smolinski added a breakaway goal for the Kings, who moved within one point of the Phoenix Coyotes in the race for the final Western Conference playoff shot with five games remaining.

The Blue Jackets, missing five regulars because of injuries and playing seven rookies including goalie Marc Denis, were no match for the Kings.

Los Angeles had gone four games without a win and was shut out twice at home -- including a 0-0 game against San Jose.



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