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05-09-2013, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Lebanese Leaf View Post
Going through twitter and HFboards after last night, and taking the night to let the emotion settle before I post, I realized that the amount of hate he is getting is ridiculous!

First of all, he manned up and admitted his mistake, took complete blame last night in the post-game press conference. You have got to respect that. If he connects on that hit and gets the puck, we might be talking about one of the most devastating hits in Leaf playoff history + a game winning OT goal. Luck just wasn't on our side last night, especially in OT.

Bottom line is, Dion is the heart and soul of our defense, and a true #1 defenseman. I challenge anyone to name me 20 defenseman better than him in the NHL. He plays in every situation (even strength, PP, PK, 4on4) and is always assigned other teams' top players to shutdown, with partners who are not top pairing guys.

So this is a thread to support our captain, and acknowledge his importance to this team. We would not be anywhere close to a playoff spot without him in our lineup.
He made one bad decision. These plays happen. If the puck didn't go in our net, no one would be bashing him. Every player makes mistakes. Phaneuf is a #1 D. He plays all scenerios. If we trade Phaneuf, it will be hard to replace him. He's a big part of our team.

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