In a game that went silently into the night but for one fight in the first period between Wade Belak and Eric Boulton, Tie Domi quietly passed a Maple Leafs icon on the franchise's games played list.
Domi has worn the Leafs crest 721 times, one more than Frank Mahovlich. Domi is 11th in club history in games played, and should he remain healthy, he will crack the top 10 this season. Bob Baun is 10th with 739 games played.
"It's a pretty special feeling because I am never going to break any scoring records," Domi said. "Passing a guy like that who is a legend, it's nice to be mentioned for one night."
Captain Mats Sundin is ninth with 771 games in a Leafs uniform. Say what you want about Domi, but his staying power is something few would have predicted when he made his Leafs debut back on March 2, 1990. That night in Detroit against the Red Wings, he drove Wings coach Jacques Demers up the wall and received three 10-minute misconducts for yapping.
"To have the longevity he has had in one uniform speaks really well of Tie, and he should be very proud of that milestone," Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "He is a savvy guy. He understands who he is and where he is. He has been a good community guy and people appreciate that in athletes."
Back in the day, Domi, who played for the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets before returning to Toronto in April 1995, may have led the battle in a game such as the one last night, which had the potential for mayhem.
But as is often the case, the hype amounted to nothing. Maple Leafs tough guy Wade Belak dressed for the first time in seven games (Chad Kilger was a healthy scratch) and figured he would fight Eric Boulton, who was accused of head-hunting by the Leafs after the Oct. 14 game that ended in brawls.
They dropped the gloves at 7:31 of the first, but that was it. Belak agreed the fight likely represented closure to the bad blood that lingered between the teams.
"It was a mutual agreement (between himself and Boulton)," Belak said. "It was nice to get it out of the way so we could concentrate on the rest of the game."