NHL.com is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf has been suspended for two games for boarding Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins on Sunday night.
As per the league’s official report:
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller during NHL Game No. 450 in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 8, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
A video of the incident can be seen here.
According to the Department of Player Safety, a video explanation will be made available later on this evening.
Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf has been suspended 2 games for boarding Bruins’ Kevan Miller. A video of the decision will be available later today.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) December 10, 2013
The NHL’s site wrote that Phaneuf will forfeit $66,666.66 in salary across the two-game suspension. Toronto will be have to take on the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow before facing the St. Louis Blues on December 12 without Phaneuf in the lineup. He’ll be eligible to return on December 14 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
On the heels of the five-game suspension of James Neal, two games seems a bit on the light side considering the defenseman delivered a clear shot to the back of Miller. The Boston player wasn’t injured on the play though, and that likely was a determining factor here. We’ll know more details once the explanation is released later this afternoon.