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Phaneuf: I take responsibility for OT losing goal

May 8, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs are down 3-1 in their first-round series against the Boston Bruins after David Krejci scored the deciding goal tonight after 13:06 minutes of overtime.

Krejci deserves a lot of credit for his efforts in this game, but the play started when Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf attempted to level Nathan Horton in the Leafs’ zone, but largely appeared to hit Horton’s stick instead. Phaneuf temporarily lost his balance and disrupted his own teammates’ ability to follow the play as he tried to remain upright.

That allowed Krejci to drive all the way to Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer without major resistance.

You can watch the play below:

“It’s a bad mistake, and a bad time to make it,” Phaneuf admitted, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon. “I take responsibility for it. And it’s unacceptable.”

Phaneuf led the Maple Leafs in playing time (31:14 minutes), hits (10), and blocked shots (six). He also finished with a minus-two rating.

  1. tfaltin - May 8, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    As he should. You can’t get caught there. Good player just got caught up in the moment. Unfortunately for the Leafs it probably cost them the series.

    • imleftcoast - May 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      Wrong split-second decision, but do you throw him under the bus given the stats Ryan included at the end?

      Phaneuf led the Maple Leafs in playing time (31:14 minutes), hits (10), and blocked shots (six). He also finished with a minus-two rating.

  2. multiplemiggs - May 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    islesjb is a moron who knows nothing about hockey

    • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Very insightful post, showing off your own hockey acumen. You added so much to this article.

      On topic…Phaneuf tries to hit more than he tries to play defense. This was a crucial mistake and it might damn well cost them the series with the way the Bruins are playing.

  3. mz1394 - May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Which name better for the Hockey Toronto Maple Leafs or Toronto Dog shlt you fk your own ass till your blue ass go fk yourself?

    • govtminion - May 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Switch to decaf.

    • tuberippin - May 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM

      u mad?

    • jl9830 - May 9, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Definitely the second one.

    • r8rbhawk - May 9, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      I only gave this comment a thumbs up because of the passionate rage expressed by the author. I’m sure MZ1394 speaks for most Maple Leaf fans.

    • spiciercheez - May 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Team Sheikie

  4. mpops86 - May 8, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    *Bruins’ zone.

  5. 19to77 - May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Uh, yeah, because it was completely moronic and entirely your fault, Dion. Duh.

  6. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 8, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    No kidding! If you pinch at that juncture of the game you have to be 100% certain to get the puck and keep it in the O zone.

  7. kicksave1980 - May 8, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    For those of you who haven’t seen it, look for the gif of Reimer’s wife shooting Elisha Cuthbert (Phaneuf’s fiancé) daggers after that OT goal. Nothing quite like a WAG fight. Deadspin has it.

    • wikidpissah - May 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Look again. The guy sitting next to Cuthbert stands up, yelling about the play. She’s clearly looking at him.

  8. nunan - May 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Can’t blame the guy for trying to make a big play. What if he nailed Horton and the puck turned over to the Leafs, with Horton lying on the ice? Could have gone unfolded differently and if it did, he would be praised for the hit. It didn’t though so he gets blamed..just the nature of the beast. He’s been a minus player all series though..so there’s that.

    • jl9830 - May 9, 2013 at 1:00 AM

      How often are headhunters praised?

      • ironyisadeadscene - May 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Yeah, that elbow came up. Horton dodged a bullet with his concussion history

      • nunan - May 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

        Big hits = headhunter? Who knew?

    • supercoop8 - May 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      No matter how hard he hits Horton he still takes his stick off the ice and the puck leaves the zone, at best their is a race for the puck that the collapsing defense man on the other side wins. He could see how deep his forwards were before trying to truck horton; if he plays the puck to the corner then the Leafs are in good position with all three forwards on the Bruins out high.

  9. hockeyflow33 - May 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    One of the many terrible decisions this guys has made all series.

  10. oquintero99 - May 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    http://deadspin.com/toronto-maple-leafs-lose-wags-exchange-death-eyes-497348635

  11. jl9830 - May 9, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Phaneuf went straight for Horton’s head there. Glad he paid the price. His headhunting has lost the series for the Leafs (unless they’ve got a three game winning streak against the Bruins in them).

  12. r8rbhawk - May 9, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Chris Campoli should have made this comment after his terrible turnover in OT against the Canucks back in 2011. Phaneuf decision cost Toronto the game but at least it wasn’t in his own zone.

  13. jaybird22seven - May 9, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    You suck Dion !!!!
    I hope you get traded out of Toronto. What a cement head. Gee I wonder why your PP is doing so bad. Because your on it.

    • andrewsabourin13 - May 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      the leafs were 9th on the PP during the regular season (18%) and there 25% in this series, Jay

  14. grilledjesus - May 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    This guy is the gift that keeps on giving for the Bruins, if turnovers were assists he’d be right up there with Lucic. Thanks you Shanahan for being completely incompetent at your job!

  15. ironyisadeadscene - May 9, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Let me channel my inner Hartnell, “Suck it Phaneuf”

    That is all

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