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Leafs, Dion Phaneuf can't fight way out of funk

01/21/2015 10:47 EST | Updated 03/23/2015 05:59 EDT
On the bright side, the Leafs tallied more than one goal for the first time in six games.

Then there's everything else.

Toronto's free fall down the Atlantic Division standings continues following a 4-3 defeat at the hands of their provincial rivals in Ottawa on Wednesday.

This instalment of the Battle of Ontario also pulled the Senators even with the Leafs at 47 points.

In an apparent attempt to motivate the Toronto side, captain Dion Phaneuf dropped the gloves again. His approach was somewhat questionable though because he engaged Milan Michalek in a fight after slew-footing him to the ice. 

Two nights earlier, Phaneuf went toe-to-toe with Carolina captain Jordan Staal, either out of frustration or in an effort to spark his team's lacklustre play.

Neither Michalek nor Staal are regarded as tough guys, so Phaneuf's choice of dance partner seems a bit strange.

Ottawa's Chris Neil, perhaps a more appropriate foe, could only look on from the bench while punches were being thrown. 

Most fans were not impressed by the blue-liner's target.

His play in general is also being criticized.

While it doesn't seem fair to lay all the blame on Phaneuf, he has certainly become the main target during the Leafs' season-high six game losing streak.

So I will just leave you with this musical tribute to the maligned captain.

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