I don't like or dislike Dion Phaneuf. When guys are aggressive physical players they will mis-time hits. I think that the announcer were somewhat accurate in the description of Umberger turning his back and Phaneuf letting up on the hit (Phaneuf can really put a hit on a guy. If he goes full speed on this one, he would have really hurt Umberger badly). Also, Phaneuf immediately turns around as if he was indicating, " I may have screwed this one up, so I am willing to fight to make amends." I don't remember Phaneuf being involved in tons of dirty plays like a guy like Bryan Marchment.
I don't want to blame the victim too much. Umberger was the victim of that sucker pass when he was in Philly and now this. Is he the kind of player that puts himself in harms way because he has his head down too much? I don't know. I haven't seen him play all that much.
it wasn't a full out splatter job, on the other hand phaneuf had time to pull off, he can't have it both ways, if he wants to be regarded as some kind of intimidating defencive force he needs to expect people to come after him, not just go "oops "win methot
A Lot of good points here. Umberger should strap the helmet down. If Umberger lets the puck go and doesn't turn his back the puck gets out of the zone and he could have put a hit on Phaneuf. I like Pheneuf's game although at times he is dirty and sometimes a little whinny. He plays tough and is a great D. I wonder if he's enjoying the sloppy seconds?