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‘Princess Phaneuf’: John Scott has choice words for Leafs captain

Nov 17, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

The dislike between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres grew a little more Saturday.

The Leafs defeated the Sabres 4-2, but a third period scrum that followed a John Scott attempted hit on Dion Phaneuf produced some choice words from Buffalo’s enforcer following the game.

“…all of a sudden I’m not allowed to hit him anymore. He’s Princess Phaneuf. It’s a joke,” said Scott after the game.

“My leg’s fine, everything’s good. It’s just something where I guess you’re not allowed to hit the star guys anymore.”

Scott appeared to hurt his right leg on the attempted hit on Phaneuf.

After a stop in play, Phaneuf went over to Scott and then threw a pretty good cross check Cody McCormick, causing a dust-up. Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr then joined the fray, leaping through the air to try and get at McCormick.

All totaled up, 44 penalty minutes were handed out in that melee alone.

“I kind of fell a little bit,” said Phaneuf, as per The Canadian Press. “I obviously ran into (Scott), he’s a big man. I was just going over to kind of talk to him a little bit and obviously McCormick came in, that’s part of the game.”

There is, of course, history between the Sabres and Leafs dating back to the pre-season, when a nasty line brawl broke out after Scott went after star player Phil Kessel off a faceoff.

Buffalo’s new head coach Ted Nolan, speaking after tonight’s game, spoke out against “staged fights.”

“I think there’s room for fighting in this game but not that way,” he said, as per Brian Koziol of WGR 550 and the Sabres Radio Network.

Also of note in this game: Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser has a lower-body injury and is now day-to-day, as per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

  1. stakex - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    I don’t care for Scott…. but I think he has a pretty good point here.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      Colton Orr is a sucker puncher

    • nflfan4now - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      I don’t understand why he got the 10 minutes. He didn’t fight and he seemed calm throughout the game.
      What a princess phanuef is, good name for him. He dove to the ground rather then get hit by Scott.

    • shaundre93 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      He’s not wrong, but I gotta say I’m pretty sick of Scott calling out players on their toughness. Its like he thinks he’s special because he’s the biggest goon in the league. I don’t even like Phaneuf, I’m a Bruins fan, but I don’t see how he’s a princess here. He went over to get in Scotts face cus he didn’t like the hit, nothing wrong with that, people do it all the time. Orr is the only one who crossed any line IMO.

    • sunderlanding - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Does he? He’s kind of being a hypocrite. What he can’t take a little cross check? Princess Scott and McCormick. After the whistle scrums with face washes, and little cross checks and slashes have been in hockey forever.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    I admit I did not see the play in question and don’t much care about the specifics. However, I always wonder about the mentality of people who consider it pretty much the ultimate insult to a man to suggest his gender is in question, as in “princess”. One would think calling him cowardly or some-such would suffice. What does he think of women if he believes that being thought to be anything like them is grossly insulting?

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:29 AM

      Well, since you brought it up… he didn’t same “woman.” He said “princess,” as in a female who is of royal decent, one who usually has every whim and desire catered to, who never lifts a finger.

    • bruinspaw - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      In no way is calling a man a princess an insult to women. As a woman myself I found it highly hilarious! I think you completely missed the point his gender isn’t being questioned his masculinity is, as in saying he is a fragile, dainty little thing.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        You sound like a reasonable woman. Keep it up!

    • 950003cups - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM


      You’re an idiot.

      P.S you’re still an idiot.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Greetings from the “idiot”. I’m enjoying reading the responses to my comment. One has spelling issues (while seeming to not understand that females, including princesses, will most often indeed grow up to become women), another appears to not know the difference between the terms sex and gender, and another takes the lofty intellectual approach of name-calling. And all seemed to miss that I was making a general observation about people who feel that suggesting that questioning a man’s masculinity (and we aren’t simply talking about this player’s princess remark) and alleging he has feminine traits is a gross insult to the man. It does, yes Bruins, suggest they don’t think very highly of women.

      • mp1131211 - Nov 18, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        Greetings from the won with speling ishues. Sum of us finde tiping on an eye fone more dificult then others. So deel- and welcum to the 21 sentry. Also, you seemed to have missed what caused your backlash- that your tone is uppity and snobbish and you might not get such backlash if you toned that back a bit. It’s arguable (the point about women), however, as I stated below, I think its a bit far reaching and contrived to analyze this media spat which involves a goon. The man is paid to punch people. What do you expect? Its not like this was Vanek speaking (I know he’s on the Islander’s now) or some other face of the team. This was Scott… he’s most likely got many more brutish qualities than thinking that a woman are less tough than men.

  3. sjsharks66 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    Scott has no point here. He came to talk to Scott and got involved with someone else? What does him hitting him have to do with what happened after?

    • dueman - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      What you are seeing in the amount of thumbs down that you have received is the Leaf factor. Even though this mess ACTUALLY started when Scott tried to catch Phaneuf in a vulnerable position and Phaneuf managed to avoid it, the fact that he called Phaneuf a princess now makes him a hero in these morons eyes. The facts don’t matter! If Colton Orr tried to throw the same hit on Myers and Scott was on the ice, everybody knows that he would have been the first one on the scene looking to fight someone. Again though, reality does not matter to the Leaf haters. They will thumb down my comment just like they did yours simply because it does not fit their agenda!

      • somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

        What is wrong with hitting someone when they put themselves in a vulnerable position in the middle of the ice? Is this hockey or figure skating?

        I have no agenda except loving hockey, I don’t like the Sabres or Leafs. This was 100% instigated by the Leafs, who over reacted to a CLEAN check attempt

  4. martin492013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Scott is right on point with his comments. If you watched the game and this play you can see Scott getting subbed by phaneuf, Phaneuf then cross checks McCormick, Scott gets up, almost get his face sliced off by Orrs skate as Orr comes flying into fight McCormick even though phaneuf started the problem. As Scott is getting up he gets jumped from behind by McClennon. In the end Scott gets 14 minutes of penalties for actually doing nothing. SO yeah he has a point to his comments.

  5. sjsharks66 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Again, it’s John Scott. His name alone leaves him with no point. A couple of weeks ago everyone wants his head. This week it is “poor scott”.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:32 AM


    • storminator16 - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:43 AM

      Only people like the Vagina Society that has been posting lately wanted his head.

      (If that was an insult to women, I really don’t care what you think. Most of the women I know are over emotional about everything so take it as you will.)

  6. semiahmoowr - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:15 AM

    The Leafs are cheap-shot champs. Good effort by the Sabres in the third.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Colton Orr is bigger than the average player and is a sucker puncher

      • dueman - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Aww, looks like someone had their feelings hurt….Do you need a tissue?

  7. jetmetfan - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:22 AM

    @mp1131211: If he wanted to say Phaneuf was being catered to he could’ve just said “Prince.” The team should have a chat with him about his choice of words. As was said before call him a coward or even a punk but comparing him to a female as a way to insult him isn’t the way to go in these times.

    • somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      shut up

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Historically, princes take much more control of their own fate in terms of battles. Take for example a certain prince in the British military right now. I get the point, but it seems a bit over reaching and perhaps a bit contrived to slam his choice of words here

  8. mpops86 - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    I love jerk-on-jerk crime.

    Phaneuf deserves a suspension for that low-bridge. If it were Marchand, fans would be screaming for his head.

    • joey4id - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      ? so Phaneuf was making a play to to get the puck of the zone, and with the puck on his stock he decided to low bridge Scott. is that what you re saying?

      • somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Sound like that’s what he’s saying

        It also doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility looking at the video.

        I don’t think that happened, I think he got caught looking at the puck, saw Scott at the last second, and used his first instinct to get out of the way. But considering where the puck was (it’s own momentum carried it out of the zone), it’s definitely a possibility

      • dueman - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:09 AM

        @somekat – It’s not a possibility at all.

      • somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        If you don’t think it’s a possibility a all, you never played a sport

        or at least you weren’t any good at any sports you did play. Most people with skill can actually see a play develop, and know what’s coming before it gets there

        Again, I don’t think that is what happened. I think he didn’t have his head up, got it up at the last second, and got out of the way with his instinctive reaction.

        But to say it’s not a possibility just shows that you have no objectivity

  9. sl2661 - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    For all you sensitive people out there….GROW UP and stop trying to be politically correct on every statement people say. People have been calling men “princesses” for years. Doesn’t mean he’s calling him out on his sexuality. It is another way to call him a pansy (heaven forbid if I offended some kinda group for saying pansy).
    Now for the intelligent people out there, Phaneuf did NOT sub dive him or intentionally try to take out his legs. If you look at the puck it got away from his stick and he was reaching for it and lost his balance. Scott actually let up and tried to avoid him just like McCormick did. In the scrum after the whistle, Orr should be suspended for at least 3 games for jumping in as a third man. Just like any other player does for jumping into a fight. Can anyone tell me why Scott got a game misconduct? Seems to me he got in a scruff and was on the ice for most of it.
    By the way, I am a Sabres fan.

  10. drewzducks - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Princess, Prince or punk, at the end of the day he still gets to go home to Elisha Cuthbert…grrrrrrrr

  11. somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Phanuef should get a game for starting the entire thing. Scotts attempted hit was clean, there was no reason to go after him. Anything that happened after that is directly Phanuef’s fault

    Orr should get 10 games (would get 20 if he played for Philly) for being the 3rd man in and throwing a sucker punch. If Phanuef didn’t want a piece of McCormick, he shouldn’t of cross checked him. Once he did, that is what the 3rd man in rule specifically is supposed to stop

    I didn’t see anything on here that should of even been a penalty on Buffalo, except when the punches started throwing. Besides those majors, every single call from this incident should of been against the leafs

    • dueman - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Congratulations, you have just shown how unintelligent you are, and have won the prize for posting the most moronic comment of the day!

      • somekat - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM


        Now would you like to tell me what ANYONE on Buffalo did that deserved a penalty, and why?


        That’s because Buffalo did nothing outside of fighting that would of been worth a penalty

        I’m sure it’s easier for you to say “i’m a leafs fan, leafs ARE the nhl, HAD to be the other guys fault”. but that’s not what happened, and there is a video above that clearly illustrates that


      • buffalotexan - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        Please let us know what a Sabre player did? Anyone else in the NHL would not have received 2 minutes, much less 14 minutes, if they did (or I guess didn’t do) what Scott did (or didn’t do). That was a preemptive call that was NOT needed, as Scott had done everything in his power for the last 5 periods to avoid fighting and actually play hockey.

  12. thomasvanek - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I would like to apologies to all you princesses out there who got offended by Scott’s words.

    • dueman - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      The only people who should be offended by Scott’s words (and yours) are Buffalo fans!

      • thomasvanek - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        You really aren’t to bright are you? The joke was making fun of all the people who found Scott’s comment sexist you buffoon.

  13. northstarnic - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    That’s really great. However I elected to watch real hockey, Western conference games, not this Atlantic division circus. By far the worst hockey in the league out there, and not coincidentally, the greatest concentration of no-talent goons. The race to the bottom continues as the NHL struggles against the evolution of the game.

  14. snipedanglecelly13 - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Princess Fiona phaneuf? Lol

  15. olhockeypop - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    The NHL should be loving this .This rivelry is really getting fun . Every fan in that arena was having a blast with all the Toronto and Buffalo fans there the fans were realy rocking . The NHL should enjoy this mix of fans at the game . It like a college atmosphere there . Hell they should put a college band in a section .The emotion at these Buff / Tor games is over the top . God I love hockey .

    • buffalotexan - Nov 17, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      I was at the game in Buffalo on Friday night. There were maybe 11,000 Leaf fans and 8,000 Sabres fans. IT WAS AWESOME! In my row alone there were only 3 of us Sabre fans. I love the back and forth, the playoff atmosphere (and lets be honest, thats as close as my Sabres will get this year). Great fun

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Sounds great, and no hate.

  16. mclovinhockey - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    At first I thought Dion dove/ducked to avoid the hit, I was about to say the guy has lost all my respect. Although it does look like he just tried to side step and slipped. I do believe Dion may have been going over there to say it wasn’t him trying to cheap shot Scott or anything, then he cross checked the other guy and Orr came in like superman haha.
    If Dion lost an edge that’s one thing, but if he ducked then he really would be a coward and a scumbag

  17. bigolbig - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    What a joke this league is becoming. Scott gets a game misconduct for doing nothing. He actually tried to be a hockey player during this game and this is what he gets for it. So now the refs can kick players out of the game to pre-emptively stopping a fight?

  18. sillysporty - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Let’s face it Toronto are a bunch of scumbags..just look at their mayor ! He sets the example..

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      Your are astute: everybody in Toronto is exactly like the mayor. Yeah, right.

      • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:48 PM

        “You” (f-ck)

  19. miket333 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Orr should have gotten a game misconduct for 3rd man in. Mccormick, Phaneuf, and Mclaren (sp?) should have gotten double roughing minors. Scott should have had no penalty, unless defending yourself is a penalty? Oh well. Mccormick’s flip was great though!

  20. amityvillefun - Nov 17, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I’m offended by people who look to BE offended.

    If you find “Princess Phaneuf” offensive, you are probably also offended by the fighting, the spitting, and the bad language in the stands at every hockey game.

    Personally, I thought it was rather funny and somewhat fitting for “Celine” Dion Phaneuf.

    Ha! You’re offended. Or at least Celine Dion is.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      I think you’re lying.

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