Tie Domi had never before chipped a tooth, and only once before had he fought in the penalty box.
On Thursday night, he did both.
Domi, Toronto's penalty-minutes leader, wrestled with a spectator who tumbled into the box during the Maple Leafs' 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
"That hasn't happened to me since I was 15 years old in junior hockey. It was a mascot," Domi said. "Hey, that's old-time hockey. It was perfect."
Earlier in the game, he chipped a tooth when he fell to the ice.
Water Squirting Leads to Skirmish
The rugged forward, penalized early in the third period, was being taunted by fans. Twice, he 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.
Falcone 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 didn't plan on fighting anybody."
Falcone, treated by medical personnel at the arena, did not go to a hospital. He was given a police citation that requires a court appearance.
Domi was not penalized further and played later in the period.
Domi Knocked Down by a High Stick
Earlier in the game, Domi was knocked to the ice by a high stick from Philadelphia goalie Roman Cechmanek — much to the delight of cheering Flyers fans who uttered derisive chants when he returned to the ice late in the third.
"It's kind of comical, as long as it's a freak thing and nobody gets hurt," said Dan McGillis, who scored Philadelphia's only goal at 8:12 of the first. "He's the kind of guy who likes to get the crowd going and get the other team going."
Jonas Hoglund scored the game-winning goal less than a minute later as the Maple Leafs defeated the Flyers for the second time in five days. Toronto has lost three of five — winning only against Philadelphia.
Toronto also got an early power-play goal from Gary Roberts, who knocked the puck in during a scuffle in front of the net 57 seconds into the second period.
Toronto Still Hangs on to Win
Philadelphia outshot Toronto 39-27 as the Flyers recorded their highest shot total this season.
Toronto's Curtis Joseph, 4-12 against the Flyers, made a series of big saves, including catching a shot by Paul Ranheim at the end of the second period and stopping Dean McAmmond on a breakaway early in the third.
"We've had some disappointing outings in the last little while," Toronto coach Pat Quinn said. "It was an important game for us, both for our frame of mind as we approach playoffs, and also we didn't have anything assured at this point."
The penalty-box antics didn't help the Flyers escape their fourth game without a win. The Flyers dropped to 0-4-2 this season without Keith Primeau, who leads the team with 34 goals — 11 on the power play. The other Philadelphia centers have only 37 goals combined.