BUFFALO, NEW YORK (TICKER) —Darcy Tucker and Tie Domi will begin serving their suspensions Thursday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs may not have newly acquired Owen Nolan as they visit the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
Toronto amassed 111 penalty minutes Tuesday night and yielded four power-play goals in a 4-1 defeat to the Ottawa Senators. The Maple Leafs were scoreless in three power-play chances and the Senators received just 52 penalty minutes.
Tucker instigated a brawl with Ottawa at 7:30 of the third period, when he skated to the Senators’ bench and began trading punches, first with Chris Neil and then with Shane Hnidy. Tucker Tucker totaled 42 minutes in penalties and on Wednesday received a five-game suspension.
Domi threw punches at Magnus Arvedson with under two minutes remaining and was assessed a double-minor, fighting major, misconduct and game misconduct. Domi’s suspension is two games less than Tucker’s.
Veteran left wing Gary Roberts realized his team lost control.
“I think after all of this, coaches included, we’ve got to stay off the referees,” Roberts said. “There’s no doubt about it that they’re not going to do you any favors. We have a tendency to be on them a little too much, and I think that is our reputation. Everyone’s been guilty of it once or twice, but we definitely have to be a lot better in that area if we want to move forward.”
The Leafs acquired Nolan on Wednesday from the San Jose Sharks for centers Brad Boyes and Alyn McCauley and a 2003 first-round draft pick. Nolan has 22 goals, 20 assists and 91 penalty minutes in 61 games and will be reunited with Pat Quinn, who coached him last year on the Canadian Olympic team. However, he sat out San Jose’s game Tuesday with a back injury and might not play against Buffalo.
Toronto has not lost three in a row since January 21-25. The middle game in the set was a 4-0 at Buffalo. The Leafs had won the first two meetings with the Sabres this season.
Since defeating the Leafs, the Sabres are 4-9-1-4. On Tuesday, rookie Ales Kotalik’s power-play goal accounted for all the offense in a 2-1 setback to the Washington Capitals. Despite outshooting the Capitals, 36-23, the Sabres suffered their 18th one-goal loss of the season.