Don Cherry usually doesn't need any help putting his foot in his mouth.

But Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf gave him a hand on Saturday night.

Just 48 hours after Cherry moaned on Hockey Night in Canada that we won't see many more Scott Stevens-style hits, thanks to the NHL's concerns over head shots, Phaneuf crushed Ottawa Senators rookie Stephane Da Costa at the Toronto blue line during the second period of the Leafs' 6-5 victory at the Air Canada Centre.

No penalty was called. It was the kind of check that would have made Stevens proud.