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No punishment for Phaneuf after last night’s hit

Dion Phaneuf

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf (3) is escorted off the ice by linesman Michel Cormier, right, after a boarding penalty against Buffalo Sabres’ Zack Kassian, not pictured, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Friday, Dec. 16, 2011. Phaneuf was given a game misconduct penalty on the play. (AP Photo/Derek Gee)


Dion Phaneuf doesn’t have to worry about getting any unnecessary time off thanks to his hit from behind on Buffalo’s Zack Kassian.

The Maple Leafs tweeted that Phaneuf wouldn’t see any further action from the NHL for his hit and that he would be available to play tonight against Vancouver. Phaneuf’s hit got him a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding and managed to bloody Kassian’s mouth in the process.

The Leafs are happy to not have any action taken against Phaneuf because they’ll need his physical presence against the Canucks tonight. Vancouver is looking to snap a two game losing streak and after losses to Columbus and Carolina, they won’t be in too fun of a mood tonight.