November 09, 2001Devils Burn Leafs and Domi
The New Jersey Devils defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs
in their first meeting of the season on Friday, November 9, 2001.
The final score was 3-2 (decided in overtime), but the score does not
tell the whole story.
This game was the first time the two teams would meet
this season - after the Domi incident last season when the Devils knocked
the Maple Leafs out of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
The Devils did not forget the vicious elbow that Tie Domi threw on Scott
Niedermayer in Eastern Conference Semi-Finals last year.
At 2:15 of the first period, Corson for Toronto scored, to
give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.
At 2:15, at center-ice following the Toronto, Tie Domi
skated to the red line. Jim McKenzie skated over and lined up
next to Domi. The puck was dropped. Number 19 dropped his
gloves amlost simultaneously. "Big Jim" started pounding on Domi.
Domi - who's always happy to fight "smaller" opponents - cowered
from this battle, and dropped right to the ice. Domi was pummeled.
The crowd cheered. McKenzie took four penalties (including
a game misconduct), putting the Devils on a seven minute penalty-kill.
It was worth it.
Tucker would score the only goal the Maple Leafs could
manage on that full seven minute power-play. His goal at 5:49
gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead.
Domi interfered with Randy McKay near Cujo at 10:24.
Once Randy saw who it was who had interfered with him, he started pounding
on Domi. Domi did get several good shots on McKay - but it was good
to see Domi taking a few more shots.
The thrilling first period would not end before another
fight would erupt. This time is was Jason Arnott and Brian Mccabe
involved in a scuffle.
The first period ended with the Maple Leafs leading 2-0.
Toronto also led 8-5 in shots on goal.
Patrik Elias cut the Leafs lead in half at 19:20 of the
second period, on the power-play. His goal was assisted by Scott
Gomez and Petr Sykora.
The second period ended with the Leafs leading 2-1.
The Devils outshot the Maple Leafs 12-4 in the period.
With just 46 seconds left in the game, Patrik Elias got his
second goal of the night, to tie the game, 2-2. Petr Sykora and
Brian Rafalski assisted on the goal.
Regulation time ended with the game tied, 2-2. The
Devils outshot the Leafs 10-4 in the third period.
54 seconds into the overtime, Petr Sykora drew a double
minor penalty when he was high-sticked by Reichel.
Patrik Elias scored the game-winning overtime goal to
defeat the Maple Leafs 3-2. It was Elias's third goal of the game,
meaning his second Hat Trick of the season - and the fifth of his
The Devils outshot the Maple Leafs 29-17 in the game.
Toronto was 1 for 5 on the power-play. New Jersey was 2 for 5 with
Tommy Albelin and Pierre Dagenais were healthy scratches
from the Devils lineup.