Skate Bites: Suck It, Phaneuf


Yes, suck it. Our friends over at Philly Phaithful put it on the above t-shirt. Grab one here. #shameless

After the All-Star Game in Ottawa, we posted this video of Scott Hartnell mic’d up for TSN in Canada. The highlight of the clip was Hartnell’s post-assist reaction during what is usually a friendly affair– he told Dion Phaneuf to “suck it.”

Last night, the Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3. Along the way, Hartnell recorded a Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, and fight). It was the second of his career, with the first coming on January 11, 2011 against Buffalo. But, this time, Hartsy added a new wrinkle to this most-storied of NHL achievements– he managed to record two-thirds of the feat and a #hartnelldown all in the span of about five seconds.

Reader J.T., via email, has a name for it: We now have a new hockey term– the Hartsy Hat Trick. It's a #hartnelldown, a goal, and a fight all in one shift. Awesome.

Consider it done, J.T.

At intermission, Ian Laperriere explained the significance of suck it, Phaneuf (via reader Mike). Here's the goal:

Hartnell, however, said the fight had nothing to do with what happened in the All-Star Game… even though we don’t believe him:

Q: What happened at the end of the goal there, you ended up getting in a fight?

We were battling I think for the first couple shifts and I kind of was going behind the net one time and I don't know if he pushed me or I caught an edge, I don't know what happened. I went off the boards and my neck was in kind of an awkward position and I thought it was somewhat of a cheap play. Then I get lucky bouncing like that in the air and it went in the net and I just went right off it. Just pretty standard, someone does something to you cheap, slashes, cheap plays like that you have to stand up for yourself, and he did.

Q: So no carry over from the "Suck it, Phaneuf" back at the All-Star game?

No, that was all in good fun. That All-Star game was pretty, you know, it was a great weekend. I heard the Twitter world loved it after we went out of there. Little things like that are fun of the game.


Claude Giroux got a kick out of the whole thing:

Q: How many times have you seen a fight like that after a goal?

“I wasn’t too sure what happened.  I saw him go down.  I thought it was a typical “hartnelldown.”  I saw the replay and he got tripped.  He stayed in there and got a goal and a fight.  When he gets pissed off I think that’s dangerous for the other team because he’s on the puck, he’s jumping.  It was a good goal for him.”


Yes it was, Claude. 

Slow start to the morning thanks to last night’s quizzo. Congrats to The Buzzkill and Myrtle’s Acres for their first-place tie at Drinker’s: 


Raw game highlights and post-game quotes over on

In other news, Bernie Parent creeper pics continue to emerge from Wing Bowl. Here's Bernie in a sweet embrace with a stripper:

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Pic via reader Joey. The full volume of Bernie creeper stories is here.

Quotes via the Flyers city-leading PR department

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8 Responses

  1. everything about this is awesome. I totally forgot about the suck it phaneuf when watching last night’s game. makes perfect sense now. that was hands down the greatest part of all star weekend. even though US viewers didnt get to experience it in real time. but still, effin awesome.
    secondly i love lappy’s bastardization into “suck on that, phaneuf” lol @ french people speaking english.
    and lastly that shirt is awesome.

  2. Chunk-
    I went out between the second and third period, had to listen to the third in the car, so I didn’t hear the CSN postgame. That said, I did a little research on the Twitters after you posted that- apparently CSN was calling it the “Hartnell Hat Trick.” I personally think “Hartsy Hat Trick” has a better ring to it.
    But I’ll credit CSN- well done, guys. Sorry I “stole” your work, and shortened it, even. My b, my b. How dare I?

  3. Matt-
    I’ve actually heard the opposite. He supposedly understands how lucky he is to be adored like he is, and genuinely appreciates it. Heard it from a couple people who have ran into him at a restaurant or store. He’s one of the generally good former athletes, apparently.

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