Well it certainly wasn’t an exciting game until about five minutes to go in the third, but the Hurricanes-Leafs tilt at the ACC wasn’t short on physicality.
Dion Phaneuf – playing in his 500th NHL game – had the hit of the night for a period after he laid out Drayson Bowman inside the Carolina blueline.
Matt Frattin wasn’t about to hand the captain the “Hit of the Game” award as he laid out former Leaf Alex Ponikarovsky at centre ice. Not only was it a bigger impact, Frattin gets spite points from Leafs Nation for crushing a not-so-beloved name from the past.
Cam Ward takes the cake though with his best “Jose Bautista middle-in fastball” impression on the goalpost.
R.I.P. Cam Ward’s stick
Props to Tim Connolly who came back and scored two goals with, well…
Tim Connolly said he took a puck in the groin and that’s why he missed a shift earlier: “I was a little wobbly.”
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) December 14, 2011
That probably really hurt. Glad he got out of there before Ward’s stick came through too.