Domi runs into a mountain

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

At 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, Ottawa's Man-Mountain, Brian McGrattan, knows he could be a marked man the next time the Maple Leafs and Senators clash.

"Bring it on,"the Sens' soft-spoken enforcer said after Ottawa's 8-0 thrashing of the Leafs last night at the Air Canada Centre.

Often criticized for not being tough enough in their four playoff series losses to the Leafs, the Sens -- specifically general manager John Muckler -- wanted that image to change.

It certainly did last night.

McGrattan got things started in the first period by bopping the Leafs' Eric Lindros in the face. While he did get a roughing minor, McGrattan set the tone for the Sens, who were up 2-0 at the time.

"I thought the puck was at his feet when I punched him," McGrattan said.

Early in the second period, with the Leafs now down 4-0, Toronto's Tie Domi took one for the team when he clashed with the much taller McGrattan, leading to both players dropping their gloves.

After a few blows were exchanged, McGrattan landed a punch that sliced Domi open.

CAME OVER THE TOP

"I grew up just down the road in Hamilton watching the Leafs," McGrattan said. "Tie's a smart player. He spins and smaller guys are the most dangerous. I just came over the top and managed to get one in."

Domi, who returned to the game after a brief visit to the dressing room, gave McGrattan credit.

"The kid did a good job," Domi said. "I know all about that stuff, coming into the league as a rookie like he is and trying to make a name for yourself. He was trying to spark his team. That's his job. That's what I was trying to do, too.

"This game wasn't about a fight, though. It was all about how poorly we played."


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