Dion Phaneuf suspended two games for hit on Kevan Miller; Shawn Thornton’s hearing reportedly set for Friday
|12.10.13 at 12:18 pm ET|
Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for hitting Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller from behind late in the third period of Sunday night’s 5-2 Bruins win.
Miller went face-first into the boards on the hit and looked shaken up as he left the ice. He is expected to play Tuesday night, though. Phaneuf had no suspension history prior to this.
This marks the second suspension to come out of a chaotic weekend for the Bruins. On Monday, Pittsburgh’s James Neal was suspended five games for kneeing Brad Marchand in the head Saturday night.
The longest suspension of all is still to come, though. Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Friday afternoon, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. On Saturday night, Thornton took down Brooks Orpik from behind and punched him twice while he was on the ice. Orpik was knocked out cold and had to be taken off on a stretcher. He has since been placed on injured reserve with a concussion.