Max Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs in a fight with Simon Nemac of the New Jersey Devils.
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Max Domi shares the true reason he fought for Auston Matthews

Published April 13, 2024 at 4:25 PM

In a recent interview, Max Domi opened up about stepping in for Auston Matthews and dropping the gloves against Simon Nemec of the New Jersey Devils.

If there is one major difference in the Leafs between this season and last season, it is the toughness and grit that runs up and down the lineup. Sure, the Leafs have always had their enforcer on the fourth line, but that player would struggle to stay in the lineup, let alone to get on the ice to protect players. Now, however, the Leafs have that in Max Domi.

The other night, Simon Nemac and Auston Matthews got into a bit of a scuffle on the sideboards, to which Max Domi took exception. Domi immediately dropped the gloves with Nemac, landing a lot of shots on the rookie.

Max revealed the reason why he dropped the gloves, stating that he wasn't a fan of what was going on so he went in to intervene.

Max Domi on fight:

"To be honest, like, the corner of my eye I just saw Auston & whoever the other guy on Jersey was battling & wasn't a fan of that so went over."

To say fighting doesn't matter is just wrong, as it does mean something to the players on the team. After the fight, Auston Matthews discussed with the media what it meant to him to see Domi step up and drop the gloves for him, even if it might not have been necessary.

Auston Matthews on Max Domi:

"That's what he's all about. He's a team-first guy & he's always going to stick up for his teammates. I didn't think he had to do that, but obviously he felt the need to & I'm always appreciative of guys standing up for one another & myself as well."

Hopefully, this translates into the playoffs for the Leafs, who have historically struggled in this area of the game in the postseason.

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