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Phaneuf’s Hit On Anisimov - Good Or Bad?

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“I haven’t seen a replay of it but my initial thought is that he was standing up and it was a clean hit,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said, adding that he had chatted with Anisimov after the game and he “feels pretty good.”

Obviously the main concern related to The Hit was Anisimov’s health which, according to the early indications, seemed pretty good, all things considered.

Having said that, The Hit — one which pretty much everyone in the building seemed to think was legal, including Richards and Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson — just underscores the grey area that players must deal with when they want to unleash big checks these days.

Pretty much the only person at the Air Canada Centre who felt the Maple Leafs captain had made contact with Anisimov’s noggin was the official who immediately put his arm up in the air, slapping Phaneuf with an “illegal check to the head” minor.

more and watch the hit below...

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  Tags: artem+anisimov, dion+phaneuf

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I think it’s great he got a penalty.  This is the same kind of garbage call that you can see in the NFL. People penalized for doing their job if it LOOKS bad.  Pro sports will be a thing of the past if they keep going down this road.

Posted by SlimChance on 11/26/13 at 10:19 AM ET

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Just because the hit is “legal” doesn’t mean it had to be that severe.  There is no place for that hit in a game where the score is 5-0 with less than 10 minutes left.

Posted by TreKronor on 11/26/13 at 11:15 AM ET

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No way Tre.

The game doesn’t suddenly stop when it is 5-0.  I’d agree wholeheartedly if it was illegal, but that’s a by the book check.  It is what Phaneuf is paid for, it isn’t men’s league. 

Next time they play, Anisimov is going to be thinking of this when he grabs a pass down the middle.  Might make the difference for a W next game. 

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Columbus, OH/Grand Rapids, MI on 11/26/13 at 11:59 AM ET

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Just because the hit is “legal” doesn’t mean it had to be that severe.

What?  It wasn’t even severe.  It was nothing more than a solid body check.

There should be no place in the game for head shots, but also should be no time in a game when a good, solid, clean body check should not be taken.

Posted by Garth on 11/26/13 at 01:19 PM ET

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