Phaneuf misses Marleau, checks teammate Van Riemsdyk


Tuesday seems like it’s shaping up to be a rough night for the Toronto Maple Leafs, though it also seems like it could have been worse.

At the moment, they’re down 5-1. (One would say they’re about to lose but see: Canucks, Vancouver.) They also almost lost James van Riemsdyk, and worse yet, to a hit by his own teammate Dion Phaneuf. Leafs Nation shared a GIF of the hit from Sportsnet’s footage:

Manny Elk captured the moment of impact:

JVR went to the Leafs locker room for some time, but the good news is that he returned to Toronto’s bench. That doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods altogether – players come back quickly from injuries only to miss more time in plenty of instances – but at the moment it seems like it might be a dodged bullet.