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Dion Phaneuf gets ejected for boarding Zack Kassian

Dec 16, 2011, 10:23 PM EST

One of the steady refrains regarding Dion Phaneuf‘s big hits this season is that they were “ridiculously hard but clean.” Most recently, Phaneuf clobbered Michael Sauer to such a degree that he broke the Rangers defenseman’s stick and knocked off his helmet. It looks like Phaneuf finally delivered a hit that might get him in a bit of trouble, as he received a major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Zack Kassian (who’s delivered some controversial hits of his own).

Kassian missed the rest of the second period, but returned to the game. If he’s not injured, then perhaps Brendan Shanahan will think that the penalty-based punishment fits the crime. (He did so with Adam McQuaid‘s knee-to-knee, although checks like Phaneuf’s are drawing more of Shanahan’s ire.)

Does Phaneuf deserve a suspension, just a fine or nothing more for that boarding hit? If a suspension is appropriate, then for how long? Let us know in the comments.

Buffalo beat Toronto 5-4, by the way.

(H/T to Kukla’s Korner for the video.)

  1. tbcrow - Dec 17, 2011 at 5:58 AM

    Does that look weird to anyone else? The slow-mo review looks like he’s skating up slowly, slowly pushes him, and then the dude EXPLODES into the boards.

    Maybe it’s just me, but it looks really weird, like defying physics weird. Phaneuf has rocket gloves, He-Man like Strength, or Kassian exaggerated more than intended and busted his own face by accident.

  2. scottymcss - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Nothing weird about it. Watch Phaneuf’s arms. They follow through all the way to the point of Kassian’s contact with the glass and boards. He’s a strong man, and that was a strong push.

    Kassian did not see the hit coming, could not react/defend himself. Hit was “slow,” but push was brutal, between the numbers, and bloodied Kassian’s face against the boards. In this case, Phaneuf has got to let up – not just in his skating, but with the shoving.

    Easy call for Shanahan here. I’d expect 1-2 games.

  3. hoofhearted2 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    This looks like a blatant attempt to slam Kassian’s head into the glass, and certainly deserves at least a 2-game suspension. Since Fanoof is a pretty boy, he probably will sit for 1 game, if any. If the Sabres had signed McGratton, cowards like Fanoof and Loocheech wouldn’t be taking cheap shots at the Sabres.

  4. hystoracle - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Phanuef saw Numbers the whole time. HE had enough time to read the name on the back of the jersey before blowing him up into the boards. Penalty deserved.. Suspension very possible. Fact Kassian didn’t get hurt will minimize the possible suspension. 1 game.

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