Dion Phaneuf smoked Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins. Phaneuf hit Miller from behind at the 17-minute mark of the third period. The Bruins reacted, but nearly to the extent I thought they should have.
There was no reason for Phaneuf to complete the check. The Bruins were winning 4-2 at the time of the hit. To make matters worst, there was no penalty called on the play. It was more than evident that the hit was from behind. Phaneuf loaded up to make the hit more impactful. This is just another example of the inconsistency of officiating on the ice.
The one thing the NHL does well is hold hearings and review plays after games. The problem is that the officials need to make the calls on the ice. When the officials fail to make a call, it causes the game to get out of hand. The NHL is lucky that chaos didn’t break loose after that hit. The Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs have bad blood as is. If you consider how egregious that hit actually was, Phaneuf was lucky to avoid Zdeno Chara’s fist coming down the back of his throat.
Phaneuf is supposed to have a hearing with the league regarding the hit. Thankfully, the hit didn’t injure Miller. The Bruins have been depleted on defense. Dougie Hamilton left the game last night, and Adam Mcquaid is still out with a lower body injury. The Bruins played with five defenseman. They successfully beat the Maple Leafs with a good portion of their team being minor leaguers.