Dion Phaneuf’s Hit on Kyle Okposo

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames,New York Islanders on September 18, 2009 — 2 Comments

I did not mention this in the morning papers, but if you missed it last night, Dion Phaneuf absolutely cleaned the clock of Kyle Okposo at the Saddledome.  This hit does not surprise me, even if it is pre-season, considering I saw Phaneuf take a similar run at then Coyote–Daniel Carcillo in a pre-season game last year.

Here is the video:

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Drew

    I’m torn on this hit. On one hand, I think it’s clean. On the other hand, it’s the pre-season, and who really is playing at full speed. However, Phaneuf has something to prove this year, so I say “keep your head up Kyle.”

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    I think the fact that Okposo was hit from behind by Dawes, which put him off balance, is what created the issue. You can see from Phaneuf’s body position that he was going for the hit and it was just bad timing (for Okposo) that a second before impact he was knocked off balance.