Watch Dion Phaneuf’s devastating hit on Michael Sauer

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Should we even have to wonder if Dion Phaneuf is “back” anymore? The Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner looks a whole lot like the guy who was the cover star of “NHL 09” again. He’s using his blazing slapper to rack up goals and assists (18 points despite a four-game scoreless streak), but he’s throwing his body around in a way that prompted people to use his last name as a verb many moons ago.

Watch as Phaneuf … Phaneufs Michael Sauer (plus his stick and helmet) in the video below.

That wasn’t the only notable collision of the game, as Mike del Zotto took a scary hit while trying to touch up an icing. Luckily, MDZ is reportedly OK but Sauer will be evaluated tomorrow according to Katie Strang.

The Maple Leafs won the game 4-2, by the way. Here are highlights from the game.

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