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Former Leafs winger Darcy Tucker shares unique Tie Domi story


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Ryan Smitheram
March 26, 2024  (10:57)
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Tie Domi sprays water at an unruly Flyers fan
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In the early 2000s, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators engaged in some iconic playoff series, with the Leafs winning them all. On a recent episode of Spittin' Chiclets, former Leafs fan favourite Darcy Tucker shared a story from their 2002 series that saw Tie Domi help the Leafs win the series in a very unusual way.

"I never saw Tie Domi bleed in his whole career except for game six against Ottawa. He got shoved a little bit into the boards and his head hit the dasher. He got us a five-minute major and we were down two at the time. We ended up coming back, winning game six in Ottawa and won game seven at home to put them out in 2002. That was the only time I ever saw Tie Domi bleeding ever. It's almost like he saved it for that moment."

To hear Tucker say that was the only time he saw Domi bleed is somewhat shocking when you consider the role that Domi played throughout his career.
While Domi had just 4 points in 19 playoff games, he certainly did his part to help the Leafs stave off elimination as they trailed 3-2 in the series. That year, the Leafs ultimately fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Finals, which is the farthest the Leafs have been in the playoffs since the 1998-1999 season when they also lost in the Conference Finals.
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Former Leafs winger Darcy Tucker shares unique Tie Domi story

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