Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf Levels Sens’ Stephane Da Costa With Open-Ice Hit (Video)

<img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-69860" title="dion phaneuf hit" src="http://www.totalprosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/dion-phaneuf-hit-150×150.jpg" alt="dion phaneuf hit" Break Ups That Get Back Together width=”150″ height=”150″ />It didn’t take Dion Phaneuf long to make the highlight reel with one of his patented open-ice hits this season, as he drove his shoulder into the chest of an unsuspecting Stephane Da Costa during the Leafs’ 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

The league has been working hard to eliminate hits to the head from the game, but not at the expense of clean open-ice, shoulder-to-chest hits like this one from Phaneuf, who was not penalized on the play.  As for Da Costa, he would learn a valuable lesson – Never cut across the middle of the ice with your head down when number three in blue is on the ice.

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