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Dion Phaneuf lays out teammate James van Riemsdyk (GIF)

Dion-Phaneuf-hits-James-van-RiemsdykIf James van Riemsdyk did not play for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Dion Phaneuf would probably be facing a fine and/or suspension from the NHL. Phaneuf lowered his shoulder and unloaded on the head and neck area of van Riemsdyk on Tuesday night. Phanuef is van Riemsdyk’s teammate.

Obviously, the hit was an accident. Phaneuf had sized up San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and missed his target by a significant margin. He leveled van Riemsdyk instead, who had been skating after Marleau in pursuit of the puck.

Van Riemsdyk had to leave the ice after the hit but was later able to return. He has 26 goals and 27 assists this season, so Maple Leaf fans would not have been happy if he was knocked out for an extended period of time by his own teammate. Phaneuf should be breathing a sigh of relief.

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Milan Lucic gave Dion Phaneuf a love tap to the groin in postgame handshakes

Milan Lucic Dion PhaneufBoston Bruins winger Milan Lucic had a pretty awesome series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He racked up nine points, 32 hits, and he assisted on the goal to make it 4-2 and scored to make it 4-3 in the third period of Game 7.

After the Bruins came back to beat the Leafs in overtime Monday night, Lucic participated in postgame handshakes like everyone else. Only Lucic got a little personal with Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, giving the Leafs captain a tap to the groin. If Phaneuf’s wife Elisha Cuthbert were around, she’d have told Lucic that area is off limits.

Ottawa Fans Put Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf Cutouts in Urinals at All-Star Game

Ottawa fans may have been thrilled to host the NHL All-Star Game last weekend, but that doesn’t mean they were about to embrace all the players in the game. The fans held true to their rivalry with Toronto by placing cutouts of Leafs all-stars Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf in the urinals. The move may not have been original, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t appreciated. The last time we saw it was when LeBron returned to Cleveland.

As long as no people or trees are being killed, I appreciate some healthy fan rivalries.

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