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01-25-2013, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by ichabod13 View Post

dion phaneuf IS an NHL star. you might not like that fact.....but he is.
a "franchise player" cant get hit? iginla never got hit? yzerman never got hit? taylor, hall, nash, ovechkin, stamkos, seguin, crosby, malkin.....arent allowed to be hit?
just keep that thought in mind when martin hits zajac, or some other islanders player ( who is not a "star" ) hits some other teams "franchise" player.
It was a hit from behind. Tavares had his back to him the entire play except the one time when he looked over his shoulder. Hitting a player into the boards in that position is not a hockey play. The hockey play would be to pin Tavares against the boards and battle him for the puck. It was an opportunistic dirty play. I agree with Caustic in that I don't believe Phaneuf premeditates going out looking to hurt players, but he sure takes advantage of the opportunity to do so when he's presented with one. He needs a beating.

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