The Toronto Maple Leafs earned their first playoff win in nine years Saturday night over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, in what was an exciting, physical, and action packed game. With the victory, the Maple Leafs tied the series at 1-1 and will head to Toronto for Game 3, Monday night.
But there was more to talk about than just the win…
During Saturday’s game, Dion Phaneuf hit Daniel Paille in what was considered a dangerous hit. Toronto at the time had a 3-2 lead over the Bruins, and Paille received a pass at center ice in front of the penalty box and was looking over his left shoulder when Phaneuf skated towards Paille and threw a shoulder, which ended up making contact with his head.
The number one reason why Phaneuf gained so much attention for the hit: He made the head the principal point of contact.
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Right after the hit, both Bruins and Leafs fans questioned if Phaneuf would receive a phone call from NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan. The answer was: no
Sunday morning came around, and reports surfaced that Phaneuf will not receive a hearing for his questionable hit, and with that, sparked an even bigger discussion as many believe there should have been some disciplinary action.
There is a lot of debate over the failed actions by Player Safety, but since there won’t be a hearing for the Leafs captain, it’s time to move on and look forward to Game 3, on Monday.