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Tucker and Domi play centre stage in Leafs win

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO (AP) - Florida coach Duane Sutter accused Toronto's Darcy Tucker of faking an injury during the Panthers' latest loss.

Mats Sundin scored twice as the Maple Leafs beat the Panthers, who lost high-scoring Pavel Bure in a 5-1 defeat Monday night.

The Panthers got revenge on Tucker after Bure left the game with some chipped teeth and a headache after being checked late in the first period. Bure, who didn't return, was checked sideways into the boards by Tucker, whose clean hit was not penalized.

The Panthers avenged Bure's hit both in the second and third periods. Florida's Brad Ference pummeled Tucker during a fight in the second, and Jason Wiemer elbowed him with the butt end of his stick in the third. Tucker lay motionless on the ice for five minutes before being helped off, but Sutter didn't believe it.

"He's the biggest actor in the whole world," Sutter said. "Give me a break."

Bure said he was not seriously hurt and doesn't expect to miss a game.

"Tucker caught me by surprise," Bure said. "I didn't see him coming."

Wiemer received a five-minute penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct. Toronto coach Pat Quinn said Sutter was wrong to say Tucker faked an injury. Tucker's teammates said he also was not seriously hurt. Toronto's Bryan McCabe said Tucker's hit on Bure was the difference in the game.

"It was a good clean hit by Darcy," McCabe said. "It seemed to knock them off their game. They took some stupid penalties and we won."

The game also featured two third-period fights by Toronto's Tie Domi, including a violent mix-up with Florida tough guy Peter Worrell. Domi viewed a tape of Wiemer's elbow on Tucker after the game.

"Obviously, they wanted to get back at Darcy," said Domi, who is curious to see if Wiemer will be suspended. Domi was suspended during last years playoffs for elbowing New Jersey's Scott Niedermayer.

"It's amazing how suspensions go, sometimes it's who you are," Domi said. "I remember when I got my suspension. They made a big fuss about it being away from the play, and the guy didn't have the puck. It will be interesting to see how they judge this one."

Domi, McCabe, and Robert Reichel also scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot Florida 45-18. Olli Jokinen scored the lone goal for the Panthers, who started backup Trevor Kidd in goal.

"It was a one-sided affair in the first period," said Kidd, whose team was outshot 20-7 in the first.

Jokinen snapped a wrist shot past goalie Curtis Joseph at 1:23 of the first. Domi jammed in a rebound at 2:57 of the first, and Sundin gave Toronto a 2-1 lead with a backhander at 16:40 of the first.

"Sundin was too good tonight," Sutter said. "He dominated early."

Reichel scored as he was being tripped at 9:12 of the second. McCabe's slap shot made it 4-1 at 11:05 of the third. Sundin scored his 10th goal on a one-timer at 11:57.

Notes: Toronto has at least one point in 12 of 13 games. ... After Ference sent Tucker to the ice during the fight in the second, Ference mocked Tucker by pretending to collapse in the penalty box. ... Bure is second on the Panthers with eight goals and 15 points. ... Florida's Jeff Norton missed the game with back spasms.

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