Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/18/12 at 01:59 PM ET
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Dion Phaneuf is a heated playoff rivalry away from being the legend his detractors suggest he thinks he is anyway.
Hey, fake it until you make it.
There are plenty of reasons why the rest of the NHL doesn’t like the Leafs captain, the two-time defending most over-rated player in the league.
Just a few: His glower; his glower and his glower when posing for publicity shots as the captain of the richest, most self-satisfied and most under-achieving team - if recent playoff appearances are the measure - in the NHL.
And now, courtesy of Ottawa Senators agitator Nick Foligno another reason: the big defenceman’s penchant for faking injuries to draw a penalty as Phaneuf was accused of doing in the second period of the Leafs 3-2 loss to Ottawa at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night.
“I didn’t think he had to embellish it,” was Foligno’s interpretation of the Leafs captain lying on the ice after the Sens forward low bridged him, sending him skyward. “I knew I didn’t get his knee so I was disappointed in him embellishing.”
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