Benching not sitting well with Domi

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

MONTREAL -- An embittered Tie Domi wasn't on the bench for the opening faceoff of the Maple Leafs 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Thursday.

In fact, he wasn't even in the building.

Informed earlier in the day that he would be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game, Domi let off some steam by watching the opening moments of action on television at the team hotel.

"I needed time to myself," Domi admitted yesterday at the Bell Centre. "(But) when I saw the (4-0) score at the end of the first period, I knew I had to come down here.

"I'm with these guys all the way. We're like family. This is a good group. Unfortunately we're having the year we're having but there's still life.

"No one's writing it off."

Nevertheless Domi is not counting on being in the lineup tonight when the Leafs and Habs complete their two-game series.

"I can assure you this -- I'm not expecting too much because I thought I was playing (Thursday) night. I'm not holding my breath. If I do get in there, great, I'll do the best I can."

Domi still was visibly upset yesterday afternoon as he addressed reporters, although he did manage to contain his famous temper.

Simply put, he could not understand why he would be replaced in the lineup in such a crucial outing by raw rookie Alexander Suglobov, who ended up sitting on the bench for most of the second period anyway.

"The biggest game of the year and I was definitely in shock for sure," Domi said. "I love playing against Montreal.

"I don't control those (roster decisions). I heard it was some kind of "rolling of the dice" or something like that. The biggest game of the year and we're rolling the dice. I was caught quite off-guard by that but I don't make the decisions.

"Obviously those types of (roster shakeups) don't work."


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