Phaneuf and Backes each got two minutes for roughing as part of the scrum that ensued. But Oshie was no worse for the wear after one of the biggest hits of the NHL season.
"It's a pretty damn big hit," Backes said. "If we've got to be down a man, we've got to be down a man. The end result is 4-on-4 and a sign that we’re sticking together and picking each other up when we need it."
Phaneuf lined up Oshie just inside the Leafs' blue-line early in the second period and struck him square shoulder-to-shoulder. Within seconds, Backes was on top of Phaneuf to get some type of retribution in a game that had already slipped away.
"That's the response of them being a good team: Their captain comes in with a big hit and that's what creates a scrum," Leafs interim coach Peter Horachek said. "But you want to see the guys not being very happy in a situation when we're playing a game like that."
Phaneuf took exception when a reporter asked him about being mad in the penalty box after the scrum, saying: "What do you expect from me in the box? Do you want me to smile?" Toronto's captain wasn't pleased about his team's performance but had no issue with Backes going after him.
"He plays the game hard, he's sticking up for his teammate," Phaneuf said. "After that it was a done issue. Those things happen, they're part of the game. If there's a hit on our side, I'm sure there's guys that are going to go in also.
"I have no issue with Backes or any of them coming to stick up for their teammate. That's part of the game, but I felt it was a clean hit and we move on."
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