Originally written on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/17/12

ANAHEIM, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Calgary Flames checks Saku Koivu #11 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period of the NHL game at the Honda Center on November 23, 2009 in Anaheim, California. Nystrom was called for a tripping penalty. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Here's an incredibly topical situation: seven minutes into the second period of Tuesday's tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Nick Foligno clipped Dion Phaneuf, getting low to duck a hit along the boards. Phaneuf didn't like it; and while the referees assessed Foligno a two-minute minor for clipping, the Leafs captain opted to hold him accountable for it. Thus, a little over six minutes later, we got this exchange of blows (the clip is towards the end of the video). We'll update once a better video of the clip becomes available. Pretty standard fight, but there's a lot to talk about here. First, any instance of clipping is now going to be followed by a discussion of supplemental discipline, so let's get into that: I don't expect it here. It was a pretty basic clip, but certainly not a malicious or predatory one, and with Dion Phaneuf barreling down on Foligno, I suspect claims of self-defense will carry a little more merit. Second, is clipping on the rise or w...
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