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Dion Phaneuf to sit 2 games for Miller hit

12/10/2013 12:20 EST | Updated 02/09/2014 05:59 EST
A poor decision by Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf will cost him games this week against two tough NHL Western Conference clubs.

The league on Tuesday suspended Phaneuf two games for his hit from behind against Boston defenceman Kevan Miller in Sunday’s 5-2 loss.

In the final seconds of regulation, Phaneuf was gliding into a puck battle in the corner when he lowered his left shoulder and made contact with Miller between the numbers on the back of his jersey.

Phaneuf, who is averaging a team-high 24 minutes 13 seconds of ice time this season, hasn’t missed a game since early in the 2010-11 season.

He is the fourth Maple Leaf to be suspended this season. Carter Ashton boarded Calgary’s Derek Smith and sat two games while fellow forward Nazem Kadri served three games for knocking down Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom. David Clarkson missed the first 10 games of the season after leaving the bench to join a fight in a pre-season game versus Buffalo.

Toronto hosts the 19-7-4 Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday before travelling to St. Louis to face the 19-6-3 Blues the following night.

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