Tough guys find glory

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 4:47 PM ET


 The Wachovia Centre has been the site of a number of WWE pay-per-view events over the years.

 And while a Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin bout may have brought the grappling fans of Philadelphia out of their seats in the past, nothing would have been more enticing than a Donald Brashear-Tie Domi bout.

 PUGILISTS

 But those expecting to witness such fireworks between the pugilists instead saw Domi and Brashear imitate Rick Nash, not Rick Flair.

 Instead of taking stupid penalties that would severely hamper their respective teams, Domi and Brashear decided to stick to hockey.

 Known more for their fisticuffs than their scoring abilities, Domi and Brashear each registered goals in the Philadelphia Flyers' 2-1 victory last night.

 If such offensive prowess caught the 19,792 in attendance off-guard, it certainly did not surprise Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock.

 TRUE TALENTS

 "When you get to the playoffs and there is no fighting, their true talents and abilities come out," Hitchcock said.

 "They both are good hockey players. Now they don't have to worry about the garbage -- the (so-called) entertainment of the game -- and they are very effective. Both can skate and both have hockey sense."

 Brashear's goal came in the first period, when he shoved Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe, then swatted in the puck while practically standing in the Toronto crease, much to the chagrin of Toronto goalie Ed Belfour.

 "I just try to go to the net," Brashear said."I took three swipes at the puck and finally the third one went in. I was just trying to (push) McCabe away."

 McCabe responded by getting into Brashear's face.

 "I thought maybe there would be a call for a push-off," McCabe said. "There is no puck around, I get buried from behind and he slips it into the open net.

 "As long as they call it both ways I guess we can pick their d-men, too."

 Domi, who tied the game in the second period by deflecting in a beautiful cross-ice feed from Clarke Wilm, did not want to comment on the Leafs' lone goal.

 "We played a good game, we just didn't get the bounces," Domi said.


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