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Phaneuf won’t be punished for hit on Paille

May 5, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

With the Toronto Maple Leafs leading 3-2 in the third period of Saturday’s contest, defenseman Dion Phaneuf delivered what appeared to be a high hit on Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille.

Phaneuf didn’t receive a penalty as a result of the incident and he won’t be fined or suspended either, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

Paille felt the hit was similar to the one that led to Boston Bruins defense Andrew Ference missing Saturday’s contest due to a one-game suspension. However, Paille added that there were “slight differences as well.”

If you want to see Phaneuf’s hit, you can do so below:

Paille hasn’t seen that video, but he’s confident Phaneuf hit him in the head.

“I’m not sure if it was shoulder or arm, or anything,” said Paille told CSN New England. “He’s a big hitter. I stood up and didn’t fall. I think that’s a big reason why [there was no penalty or suspension].

“Plays like that are called normally. Not always, but normally. During a game when a play like that isn’t called you get frustrated by it.”

Toronto went on to claim Game 2, which evens the series going into Game 3 on Monday.

  1. ryanw822 - May 5, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Youre telling me the NHL is protecting a Canadian based team??

    NHL gonna NHL…

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - May 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    What jokes, the decisions of Shanahan.

  3. windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    This hit looks almost the same as the Gryba hit. Only difference is it was open ice, and way more high speed. NHL needs to quit handing out suspensions based on injuries.

    • nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      This looks nothing like Gryba’s hit. This one is MUCH worse. Gryba never targets or hits the head as the principal point of contact. Phaneuf does both.

      Change that leaf on his chest to a B and ask what would have happened with the league?

      • windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

        Typical Boston fan whining about a league double standard.

  4. nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    This is exactly the type of hit the NHL has been preaching about. Phaneuf skates directly at Paille’s head and NEVER attempts to hit body on body. His skating line, as seen from the camera angle from behind shows Phaneuf never turns to square up. Paille maintains his position along the boards. Phaneuf stays wide and targets the head. A clear violation. Why was Phaneuf allowed to get away with a clearly suspendable hit? Next question……

    48.1 Illegal Check to the Head – A hit resulting in contact with an opponent’s head where the head is targeted and the principal point of contact is not permitted.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      You can look up stuff in the rule book. We get it.

      This obviously should have been a penalty in the game but you know what? Sometimes not everything gets called! There’s no way a guy can be suspended for this in the playoffs, and I’d say the same thing if a Boston player threw the check.

      • nosefacekillah - May 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Ference was not called for a penalty either. I understand this is the playoffs but could they at least look like they are trying to be consistent?

      • stratomaticfan - May 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        It’s not about the penalty call. There should have been a hearing. Probably (not necessarily, depending on where the contact is determined to be…not 100% sure from the angle whether it was a body hit that rode into head just clean head shot) a suspension. There should be consistency. The league looks like it has no integrity when it doesn’t even have a hearing when similar plays happen in subsequent games and one gets a suspension, and the next doesn’t even warrant a hearing. And the fact is, even this B’s fan knows that the Leafs outplayed the B’s big time and deserved Game 2, regardless of whether it was a penalty or not.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 6, 2013 at 5:03 AM

        You guys are still hoping for the league to be consistent? That’s cute.

  5. dolanster - May 5, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I was shocked that this didn’t get a whistle during the game. But then again, a Bruin has to be down and bleeding before they get a PP. Oh well. I’m confident before this series is over someone will ring Fanny’s bell.

    • sunderlanding - May 5, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      Fans like you make me laugh. You realize there is a certain percentage of fans for every team that whine about missed calls and say the refs are out to get them. The refs don’t care what team you’re on, but they do (just like everyone else) make mistakes. This is a missed call. That’s it. Boston lost this game because they weren’t good enough to win not because of the refs were out to get them.

      • dolanster - May 5, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        Agreed. But the Bruins get very few calls, period. It’s part their reputation, part the fact that the refs feel like they let them get away with borderline play so they have to do likewise for the other team. Look at the stats.

      • sunderlanding - May 5, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        The stats say the Buins weren’t the team with the fewest power-plays. Hell they weren’t even in the top five. Who cares anyway. It’s not like they score on the power-play.

      • stratomaticfan - May 5, 2013 at 9:51 PM

        FYI: Total Power play opportunites….Bruins 122…fewest in the league. Anaheim next at 135. Montreal had most at 203. Tell me that’s not fishy.

      • sunderlanding - May 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Someone has to have the most. Why is it fishy?

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 5, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Good, it just means he’ll be out on the ice to take more stupid penalties in game 3

  7. 604YVR - May 5, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Paille too short. Shoulder to his head. Good hit.

    • thesableo - May 6, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Shoulder-to-head isn’t a good hit.
      I thought his elbow may have just ridden up, but he shouldn’t have been leading with the elbow in the first place.

    • drewsylvania - May 7, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      I read your handle as “64 year old virgin”.

      • 604YVR - May 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        You should get your eyes checked…

  8. gmenfan1982 - May 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    As someone who isn’t a fan of either team I say that was a high hit. Not a straight up chicken wing to the head but definitely did not target the body. Not the dirtiest hit but also not the cleanest. Should’ve been a minor for elbowing but not a suspension.

  9. supercoop8 - May 6, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Terrible no call by the ref but this isn’t worthy of a suspension. I am a Bruins fan and thought the one game ban to Ference was fair and still a much more dangerous play then this. Hopefully being pushed around will help the Bruins avoid another sluggish performance tonight.

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