There is a reflex action with the arm just like when the doctor hits your knee with that little hammer, the elbow has to come up (unless you have some injury or neurological problem. Insert your own neurological problem joke here). Phaneuf's hit was on a guy who was stick handling. Phaneuf used his shoulder then after the hit his elbow natural came up. On the other hand, you don't want your best guys taking lots of hit like that, so Spezza did what he had to do. Was there nobody else on the ice better than Spezza?
Hit was a 9. Phaneuf is a big dude and that my fellow fight fans was all shoulder. Being who he is though, I'd say its going to go about 60/40 with the argument of shoulder/elbow. However, either way you call it, great job by Spezza to get in there the way he did, I don't think either of them really landed a flush shot so I'm calling it a draw and a 3.
Sam1410 - Only one guy here said it was an elbow, and he was trying to defend Boogaard (even if he was way off). Isn't there anybody else on the Ottawa team who could go after Phaneuf, if anyone felt it neccesary?
There is one of those "legal" dirty hits. Phaneuf uses the shoulder pad to clean Heatleys clock and the follow through makes it look like an elbow.
Dirty hit that should be penalized and never is. Chris Neil does it, lot's of guys do it and get away with it.
Phaneuf wins the fight, I guess, he landed some shots on Spezza who is way out of his league. The Sens have become the Red Wings of the East with no toughness at all and it really shows when your best player is instigating fights.