It’s been a few years since a Domi scored in an NHL game at Air Canada Centre.
But with Leafs alumnus Tie Domi watching in the stands, his son Max continued his excellent start to his rookie season, potting the first goal of the game en route to leading the Arizona Coyotes to 4-3 win.
“It was a big game for everyone,” Domi said. “We had some big goals from throughout the lineup. It was fun to see, and definitely fun to be a part of. It was really exciting.”
Max Domi registered his fourth tally of the year, already placing him within 100 regular season goals of Tie, who of course forged his career more with his fists than with his stick.
Arizona built a 4-1 lead over Toronto, who appeared lethargic when compared with their previous energetic effort two nights earlier in Montreal, albeit in a losing cause.
The Leafs attempted to mount a late comeback, sparked by James van Riemsdyk’s fourth goal of the season, a breakaway marker that concluded with a backhand deke of Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. Morgan Rielly scored late in the third period – with goalie James Reimer bench – to get the Leafs to within a goal. But the final buzzer sounded with Toronto suffering their fifth regulation loss this season.
Shawn Matthias had his first goal of the year. James Reimer took the loss, making 20 saves.
Mike Babcock’s squad continued to struggle on special teams, going 0-for-2 on the power play and just 2-for-4 on the penalty kill.
“We weren’t good enough, period,” the Leafs coach said to conclude his post-game media conference.
(Max Domi photo credit: FanSided.com)