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Earlier today, Bourne made the case that it's better to have nasty hitters on your roster than traditional enforcers. Defenseman Dion Phaneuf(notes) of the Toronto Maple Leafs is one such hitter, as Dana Tyrell(notes) discovered just seconds into the Leafs' game at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

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Like any great hockey highlight these days, Dion's hit has inspired an animated .gif that actually gives a better angle on the bench-dumping check (s/t Paul Brothers).

We'd say the hit set the tone for the Leafs, but there ended up surrendering two goals and 17 shots in the first period. But hey: a Phaneuf'ing is a Phaneuf'ing.

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