Konopka has message for Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Brown punches Ottawa Senators' Zenon Konopka in the first period of their...

Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Brown punches Ottawa Senators' Zenon Konopka in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto October 8, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

Zenon Konopka doesn’t understand what the Toronto Maple Leafs don’t understand.

After Wednesday’s practice, Konopka was still shaking his head at comments from Leafs coach Ron Wilson and captain Dion Phaneuf, who wondered why Phaneuf would have to defend himself for his big, clean open-ice hit on diminuitive Senators centre Stephane Da Costa Saturday night.

After the bodycheck, Phaneuf was pursued by an angry Nick Foligno and later would have had to deal with Chris Neil had Luke Schenn not stepped in the way.

“(Phaneuf) doesn’t get it? He doesn’t get it? He doesn’t have to get it,” said Konopka, who has had two fights in two games as a Senator.

“He just has to know that if he makes a hit like that, he’s going to have to answer the bell. I don’t care if he gets it.”

The next Ottawa-Toronto game is Oct. 30 at Scotiabank Place.


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