Before someone calls this out, I’ll do it for you: my first ever Backhand Shelf post was about Nick Foligno’s trials and tribulations against the Vancouver Canucks (therefore, bias) and Dion Phaneuf is a seemingly nightly posting subject for me (therefore, bias).
However! Sens bias + Leafs bias = Non sequitur. Therefore this is totally objective. See how I did it? Neither do I.
Now, to the hit. My problem with this hit is this: I don’t think this was clipping. When I watch this play I see a hip check. It’s certainly a borderline play, and there was definitely intent on the part of Foligno to, at the very least, send a message after Phaneuf had been mixing it up with Spezza a few moments earlier. That being said, I think the comparisons to the Marchand hit are a bit unfair for Foligno. He hits him much higher up and there was much less risk on the part of Phaneuf taking the hit than there was for Salo.
If I’m there official here: 2 minutes for interference and go on with your night.
As far as suspensions go, I would be baffled if Foligno had a hearing with Shanahan on this one.
The two went at it after the play itself a bit later on. Props to Burkie for getting in there and throwing a few punches himself while cheering on his boy Phaneuf. That being said, I prefer what other teams have done for cheerleaders.
Do you think this is a dirty/suspendable hit? I do not.
Also, the refs were at the heart of tonight’s digital debate in the Battle of Ontario. My personal favorite:
@NHL_Sens YOU GUYS ARE THE WORST! HOW CAN YOU SIT ON JAMES REIMER’S HEAD(2nd goal) AND NOT GET A PENALTY! YOU GUYS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Spencer Seymour (@spencerseymour1) January 18, 2012
Take that, Ottawa.