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Bruins’ Hamilton (lower body) out at least one week, Miller shrugs off questionable Phaneuf hit

Dec 8, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

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The Boston Bruins won both of their games this weekend, yet the past two contests have been costly. You can add defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the injured list, as the team announced that he’ll miss at least one week with a lower-body issue suffered on Sunday.

That’s not the only news for the Bruins’ blueline tonight. Kevan Miller is a little banged up – though he isn’t expected to miss time – after this questionable check by Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (H/T to Empty Netters’ Seth Rorabaugh):

Phaneuf didn’t receive a penalty for that hit. Miller scored his first goal tonight, so Sunday presented highs and lows for the 26-year-old.

The best news might be that head coach Claude Julien is “more optimistic than pessimistic” that Johnny Boychuk can play against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. That’s pretty great news considering his fall from last week:

Boston will play its next three games in Canada, as they face the Flames, Oilers and Canucks. That could be a challenging trip (maybe more physically than anything else) for a banged-up team.

  1. sabatimus - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Phaneuf should be suspended for that hit. The refs should be fined for not calling it.

    • Tyler - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      Miller had it coming. If he would have fought Phaneuf, that hit wouldn’t have happened.

      • drewzducks - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        We get it. You’re a moronic deuche who happens to be a fan of an inferior team.

      • mp1131211 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        Either that or he understands the use of irony and sarcasm to make fun of someone without them realizing it.

        Probably the former.

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Questionable? There’s no question it was a dirty hit by Phaneuf.

    Wouldn’t blame the Bruins if they wanted to go in high on every dirty player they see the rest of the season.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:13 AM

      Oh please! After your thoughtless banter last night after the game against the Pens, there is no doubt that you wouldn’t blame the Bruins if they did any thing to any one at any time… I’m sure you’re already wondering why they don’t just go Milbury on any opposing team’s fans if they Boo too loudly. It was a bad play, but it doesn’t give the Bruins an inch of liberty to take cheap shots at anyone.

      • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        It’s already happened…Chara nailed Wingels earlier this year. Bruins fans (not to be confused with hockey fans) blamed Wingels for being too short.

        It’s a pointless argument.

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      You act like the Bruins play a good, clean game. They don’t. Tensions run high in games because the Bruins are a horrible cheap and dirty team and then they want to out-fight the opponent. Good job, half your team is now hurt and/or unavailable. Good wins.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

        Clearly the bruins are the dirty team while their players drop like flies, and only one opposing player has gone down. If you wanna say orpiks hit was clean, chara on wingles is not even close to being dirty. Good analysis. And they are good wins, seeing as how they are able to keep winning with only 5 D most the game and minor leaguers playing 20 min. Until the gong show against pitt, what have the bruins done lately that makes them such a dirty team? I guarantee anything you say I could find similar examples of the same thing happening for almost every other team. Its not as if they hire players who end careers, chop Achilles tendons and so on

      • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        You seriously don’t see how dirty the Bruins really are, do you? They’re complete trash! Hands down the ugliest team in the league.

        Orpik did not hit Eriksson in the head – nor did he target the head. Chara did both to Wingels. Actually Cooke’s shot to Savard was legal as well, and it did NOT end his career. Do some research and don’t give me this “he just wasn’t the same” BS. And I’m not even addressing your “chop Achilles tendons” crap. It was Chara trying to break a guys neck on the stanchon, wasn’t it? Lucic running a goalie? Thornton has always been a classless, brainless dirtball.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    if miller were a penguin, their fans would be in here calling for the death penalty…not easy in canada where we haven’t hung an innocent man in over sixty years

    we prefer a communal penalty in the great white north, capital punishment for the entire population as it were…

    death by cbc sunday night programming

    • shaundre93 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      While you said it in a bizarre way, you are absolutely right. If this is chara on Crosby there is a huge debate over chara being the dirtiest player in the NHL and whether or not he’ll get a lifetime ban. Enormous double standard these days.

      • mp1131211 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:15 AM

        How’s the pitty party over there? Anyone outside of Boston show up?

      • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Chara is extremely dirty, but doesn’t get “punishment”, ever. Pacioretty/Wingels headshots, he should have been gone a long time. Not the dirties, we all know that either Thornton or Lucic can take that crown.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        If orpiks hit was clean, chara on wingles is no where near dirty. And stop bring up the pacioretty hit, its beating a dead horse. Pretty much every player asked said it looked like an accident, there shouldn’t be discipline, move on. And mp, I’ve noticed you’re really good at saying nothing, and really bad at providing even a slightly intelligent opinion about what happened. Just go away, you’re wasting space. If you actually watched chara play you’d realize he rarely tries to throw hard hits because he knows he’ll get in trouble for it. If you didn’t have such a clear vanderta against the bruins, maybe people would listen to you. But you just try to take every questionable hit they’ve ever delivered and throw it in our face as if there haven’t been a hundred other dirty hits from other teams this year

  4. Moop - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    This weekend has proved to me that NHL referees and linesmen have no idea how to control a hockey game. I’m sure the resulting suspensions from this weekend will prove to me that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety doesn’t care about player safety. How Phaneuf could make this hit after what happened in Boston the night before is just sad.

    • govtminion - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  5. mislysbb - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    I think hits like that are one of the reasons why Thornton went a-wall. If he didn’t go crazy Saturday night, he sure as heck would have tonight. And honestly, you can kind of see the reasoning (not defending what Thornton did at all, more so just why) behind it; I mean, it’s ridiculous that Phaneuf boards Miller, and it doesn’t get called at all. Just awful officiating.

    • shaundre93 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      You’re completely right. After seeing boychuk get hurt, then Eriksson and the Neal knee that had to of just set thorty off. Add this to the list of things keeping Shawn awake at night… Its really frustrating to continue to see plays like this go unpunished only to see Thornton get himself in big trouble for trying to do something about it.

      • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        You’re right. It’s every other team. It’s not the Bruins. Certainly not. It couldn’t possibly be the BRUINS that are the problem. Nah.

      • shaundre93 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Clearly in that game the pens were the problem! Aside from Thornton, what did the B’s do? Were they slashing and breaking legs? Were they lining up defenseless players and knocking them out of the game? Did they throw any knees into someone’s head? Ive seen Thornton play for years now, and if there’s one thing he takes pride in, its defending his teammates, and doing so honorably. If you think he planned that attack you’re just being ignorant. What are the bruins supposed to do? Apparently by your logic its a ok for bruins to get knocked unconscious but as soon as it happens to your team its the worst hockey incident ever. If the roles are reversed, chara hits Crosby, bortuzzo or whatever thug you hire yanks down chara, knocks him out on the ice. You would still be here saying chara should get a lifetime ban for the hit, and he deserved to be knocked out. No doubt in my mind. You refuse to look at the whole picture but instead are fixated on the one thing that went against your team.

      • cheetah440 - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

        You are so right. In this particular game, it was all Pitts until the Thorton incident. Thorton blew it with that act because it was pretty clear Pitts was playing a very dirty game. Blowing out a defenseless player, slashing to the point of breaking a bone, kneeing a defenseless guy in the head. Pretty bad stuff.

    • mp1131211 - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      Thornton didn’t go “a-wall” or “crazy” last night. In fact, I’ve NEVER seen a hockey player that calmly and methodically use violence to remove someone from the game. Thornton knew EXACTLY what he was doing… Probably didn’t mean to leave him unconscious, but he was absolutely calm and relaxed as he made his way over to sucker punch Orpik. Sick and psychotic.

      This jackass, on the other hand, was out of control and acted like an idiot. But it was hockey play. Should have been called and you would expect someone to go “crazy” over it.

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:04 AM

        You must be new to hockey if you’ve never seen plays like Thornton’s. Hockey used to be a lot dirtier and more physical.

      • mp1131211 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:40 AM

        It wasn’t the “dirty” nature of it. It was the psychotic coolness that overcame him throughout event. Even as the referee was escorting him out, he was simply gathering the information from him. No emotion. No connection. Simply disconnected and stone cold.

        And no, I’m not new to hockey. Been watching for a couple decades now, is that long enough for your approval?

    • hockey412 - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM

      Thornton did what he did because of a CLEAN, hard hit. Not hits like this. The fact that you can defend his actions as somehow logical are just retarded.

      • cheetah440 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Your point would be a good one if it weren’t false. The hit on Eriksson wasn’t CLEAN and was ILLEGAL. Eriksson NEVER had the puck. NEVER touched the puck and Orpik took a run at him well before the puck was near Eriksson. Orpik attempted a bang bang play with an intent, an intent to deliver a crushing blow. Some can debate the merits of that, especially when you know a guy just came off a concussion like Eriksson had. But regardless, Eriksson never even touched the puck, turned somewhat awkwardly to try and make a play on the puck and got pasted. It was the essence of a cheap shot. It wasn’t a good clean hard hit, just wasn’t.

        Look, If Eriksson had the puck was skating with it and the exact same hit happened, no problem at all. Even being a bit on the high side. No issue. But that’s not what happened. You can’t go running someone who is that susceptible and who is trying to make a play for the puck, and hasn’t even touched the puck.

        Anyone who has ever played a min of check hockey will understand this. Those who haven’t and have only played video games will most certainly not understand at all.

    • joey4id - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      So why the hell didn’t anybody take runs at Phaneuf? Thornton is a fool for having done what he did. He tried to engage Orpik in a fight, but that didn’t work. Sometimes you just have to accept the situation an wake away, and wait for the appropriate time. Retribution can take the form of a clean hit. Thornton acted like a thug. He should get at least 20 games. No place for that behavior in hockey.

  6. montrealbbr - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Karma for what he did to Stamkos. To bad it wont stop boston from being a dirty team!!

  7. crusty14 - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    hockey312, you do realize you’re an idiot and no one really listens to your stupid rants don’t you?

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