Phaneuf facing phone hearing for hit from behind on Miller

Phaneuf facing phone hearing for hit from behind on Miller
December 9, 2013, 12:45 am
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Though it amazingly didn’t merit a penalty when the play went down on Sunday night, Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit from behind on B’s defenseman Kevan Miller. Phaneuf crunched Miller face-first into the boards with his back completely turned to the Leafs defenseman late in the third period of the B’s 5-2 win over Toronto at the Air Canada Centre.

Miller left the game after smashing his face and head into the dasher of the end boards, but Claude Julien indicated to reporters following the game that the rookie defenseman would be fine to play Tuesday night against Calgary. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that it would be a phone hearing for Phaneuf on Tuesday, which would indicate it will either be a fine or a suspension of five games or less.

Phaneuf doesn’t have a past history of suspension-worthy conduct, and the league will definitely factor in that the B’s rookie wasn’t injured as a result of the play.

The hit for Miller was the end of an eventful game where he scored his first NHL goal for the eventual game-winner, registered three hits and blocked five shots in 22:18 of ice time in an impressive effort with Dougie Hamilton knocked out of the game in the first period.