By Nick Stoico
Toronto's Dion Phaneuf lined up Sharks winger Patrick Marleau for a big hit in the third period on Tuesday night. The only problem was that Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk was on the receiving end as Phaneuf delivered a check hard enough to send his teammate to the quiet room.
Phaneuf lays a big hit on ….. JVR
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) March 12, 2014
Unintended collisions happen on the ice all the time, but this was much more. Had Phaneuf landed his hit on Marleau, it would've been one for the highlight reel. Alas, this one will likely be on the blooper reel. Luckily for the Toronto captain, JVR returned to the game, though Phaneuf probably needs to buy him some Advil for the flight to the team's next game in Los Angeles.