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Phaneuf misses Marleau, checks teammate Van Riemsdyk

Mar 12, 2014, 1:04 AM EDT

Tuesday seems like it’s shaping up to be a rough night for the Toronto Maple Leafs, though it also seems like it could have been worse.

At the moment, they’re down 5-1. (One would say they’re about to lose but see: Canucks, Vancouver.) They also almost lost James van Riemsdyk, and worse yet, to a hit by his own teammate Dion Phaneuf. Leafs Nation shared a GIF of the hit from Sportsnet’s footage:

Manny Elk captured the moment of impact:

JVR went to the Leafs locker room for some time, but the good news is that he returned to Toronto’s bench. That doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods altogether – players come back quickly from injuries only to miss more time in plenty of instances – but at the moment it seems like it might be a dodged bullet.

  1. sjsharks66 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Solid game by the Sharks! Huge hit on JVR. Happy it didn’t land on the intended target.

    • billsin20xx - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Real surprised, I have never seen the Princess hit anybody with his shoulder, usually just his stick or when he dives to the ice so he doesn’t get hit!!

      • alliceishome - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Don’t watch much hockey do you

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 12, 2014 at 1:40 AM

    JVR: ” I’m on your team !!!”

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:29 AM

      Phaneuf: : O

      • elvispocomo - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        Lupul: Been there. Done that.

        Kadri: Yeah, on me!

      • elvispocomo - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM

  3. bsaures - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Shoulder to the head thats atleast 3 games right?

    • timmyp716 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:15 AM

      I would say five…….his feet left the ice before the hit

  4. sharksfan754 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    “That’s a double Dion” – Pierre

  5. charlieconway96 - Mar 12, 2014 at 3:03 AM

    “Ahhh ummm, sorry buddy, uhhh can I buy you a beer or maybe some Advil or something?”

  6. patthehockeyfan - Mar 12, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Oops!

    I like the Leafs. The only problem I have with Phaneuf is that, when seeing his lifestyle in 24/7, he has more clothes and a bigger closet that I have. So not fair.

    • titansbro - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      everytime i see his name that’s all i can think of. he’s the kind of dude who has rows of baseball caps (flat bills of course) & sneakers in all colors lined up & color coded through his closet that’s the size of most nyc apartments. but hey, his girlfriend is hot though.

      • skr213 - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        He cares more about his wardrobe than about winning – and that’s one of the main reasons the Leafs will never win a Cup with him as Captain. Similar to my Sharks – I don’t know that we’ll ever win a Cup with Zen Joe as our Captain. To win a Cup, the guy wearing the C has to embody the burning *need* to win.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

      But does he look as good in a dress?

  7. jpat2424 - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Eat it

  8. montrealbbr - Mar 12, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Typical play by this idiot. Always going for the big hit.

    • 101starmymedic - Mar 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      No sh!t he’s going for the big hit, this is hockey you hoser, not the WNBA.

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