Scott Niedermayer accused Tie Domi of threatening to hit him two games before doing so and even boasting it would be bad enough for a suspension.
In his first public comments since being knocked out Thursday by the Toronto Maple Leaf forward, Niedermayer said Monday that Domi planned the attack in retaliation for a hit from the New Jersey Devil defenseman.
Niedermayer cut Domi over the bridge of the nose with his stick in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals but was not penalized. In the waning moments of Game 4, Domi hit Niedermayer with a vicious elbow to the head.
"He said he was going to take a suspension on me," Niedermayer said.
Domi was indeed suspended by the NHL and must sit out for at least the rest of the playoffs.
Niedermayer wouldn't reveal more details of Domi's threat, adding only that he believed Domi was going to go after him.