Morning Hits: Kostka, Hearings set for Neal and Phaneuf, Thornton TBA … Video of Phaneuf’s hit


  • Tracey Myers: The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Michael Kostka from the AHL and activated him from the IR.
  • Bob McKenzie: Maple Leafs Dion Phaneuf will have a disciplinary hearing for his hit on Kevan Miller.
  • John Shannon: Penguins James Neal will have his hearing today. Dion Phaneuf will have his hearing on Tuesday. Bruins Shawn Thornton’s hearing is yet to be determined, but probably won’t be earlier than Wednesday.

How many games do you think Phaneuf should get?

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  1. #1 by Shane at December 9th, 2013

    Bad hit. 2 games.

  2. #2 by RexR at December 9th, 2013

    (-) Clear hit from behind, right between the numbers; boarding.
    (+) Player had the puck; checker didn’t leave his feet; player’s head was down; check was to the body not the head.

    Suspension. 1-2 games. I like Phaneuf, but you can’t have big hits from behind like this in the game. He should have pinched on this play rather than hit.

  3. #3 by Leaf_Fan at December 9th, 2013

    don’t waste your breath

    LOL!

  4. #4 by richard confiant at December 9th, 2013

    that hit was nothing wrong the last secondhe turns is back to him. he should get no games. he should just say sorryb you got hurt. the only wayv people are saying anything is he went head first into the board and it looked bad. because he hit him with him side no elbows .

  5. #5 by Tyler at December 9th, 2013

    I agree two games. Miller was up against the boards with his back to the play and Phaneuf hit him at full speed in the back slamming his head into the boards. Nothing to do with the fact that I’m a Bruins fan, it just was a bad hit, he has to let up and atleast attempt to slow down.

  6. #6 by Skilledhockey4life at December 9th, 2013

    Maybe all these hits are occurring game after game because boston employs hypocrites that start with their coach, carry through their captain, are exemplified by their skill players like marchand, and exist in their role players like thorton.

    Condemning the actions of Cooke, however awful and disgusting it was, then brushing off the hit on Pacioretty, and justifying the hit on Orpik is not only ridiculous, it’s victim mentality based, and narcissistic.

    I don’t wish any further injuries on Boston as doing so further retards the talent level in the game but cheap shots and borderline hits are almost always the result of previous similar acts that no one saw. Boston is far from above these actions and acting as though that is not the case is naïve.

  7. #7 by Shane at December 9th, 2013

    hockey4life – Your arguments are deluded as you clearly hate Boston. But comparing the Cooke hit (which changed the rules of the game because it was so vicious) to the Pacioretty hit (no penalty, no fine and no suspension) is just plain foolish. And to further say that bad hits are almost always the result of previous acts shows a child’s understanding of the game… there are 30 teams and tons of such hits. You think they are all retaliatory?

  8. #8 by John at December 9th, 2013

    The biggest losers in this video are the Boston announcers, I’m not Leafs fan, but I don’t think there should be a suspension, at all. Phaneuf was trying to hit him where the guy was going, he just stopped going there.

  9. #9 by CMG at December 10th, 2013

    In response to Skilledhockey4life:
    The hit on Pacioretty wasn’t the first time that exact same scenario took place. Just a few years prior, Jack Johnson (then with the Kings) hit Ryan Smyth (then with the Avalanche) the EXACT SAME WAY, and it wasn’t an issue. Why? Because Johnson obviously was just trying to separate Smyth from the puck. The same thing happens in Montreal, but because it happened in Montreal and Pacioretty was seriously hurt, it’s for some reason a dirty play. I don’t believe Johnson or Chara (or however many other players who have thrown a similar hit — they had a full montage of them on Hockey Night In Canada after the Pacioretty hit happened) meant to run the player they made contact with into the stanchion. It’s just an unfortunate event that happened.
    As for the ‘hit’ on Orpik (I use the word hit loosely since Thornton dragged him to the ice and punched him in the face, didn’t make a body check on him), I’ve yet to see anybody actually defend what Thornton did, though I have no doubt there are some idiotic Bruins fans out there that have done so (every team has their share of idiotic “fans”). Speaking as a Boston fan of sorts myself, there’s no excuse for what Shawn Thornton did — regardless of what team he plays for or whom he did it to.
    Furthermore, the idea that these hits are occurring simply because Boston is on the receiving end of them is just plain silly.

    As for richard confiant:
    You can’t blame a player for turning his back to someone he doesn’t know is there. As the video shows, he turns away from Clarkson (#71) and is then hit by Phaneuf (#3), who came from between the circles at speed to make contact with Miller, who had his back turned long before Phaneuf arrived. That’s textbook boarding right there.

    Boston commentator bias aside, they’re not (entirely) wrong as this was an obvious missed call by the referees, the argument for which is further stabilized by the announcement of Phaneuf’s upcoming hearing on Tuesday.

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