Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf delivered a crushing hit to Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist late in tonight’s game that Evgeni Malkin took exception to. Malkin tried to fight Phaneuf over the incident, but the officials intervened before it escalated.
Malkin received a double-minor for roughing Phaneuf while the Leafs blueliner got a two-minute penalty for his exchange with Malkin. Phaneuf wasn’t penalized for his hit on Hornqvist.
It’s worth noting that if it had been ruled as a fight, then Malkin might have been seen as the instigator, which would have resulted in an automatic one-game suspension pending a review because the incident occurred in the last five minutes of the game, per Rule 46.22.
That’s not the only big hit that Phaneuf delivered as he also sent Pascal Dupuis to the ice earlier in the contest:
It didn’t save Toronto though as Pittsburgh earned a 2-1 victory.