Plenty of good reasons to challenge Phaneuf. A clean check isn't one of them.
Agreed, I'm tired about how both players and fans react to clean hits. It's part of the game. It should be expected. A dirty hit, I could understand, but I've seen too many fights started over a clean hit that shouldn't lead to anything.
Play Phaneuf hard because he is a quality defense man having a good year, not because he generally throws major clean hits.