Dion Phaneuf shoulders blame for Leafs’ loss

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Given a second chance, he would have done things differently. Made a different decision. Gone for a different play.

But there were no do-overs for Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf, only regret that he gambled and lost on a poke check of Boston winger Nathan Horton, the one that paved the way for David Krejci’s overtime goal that delivered Game 4 to the Bruins Wednesday night.

“I tried to jump to keep the puck in,” the Leafs’ captain said. “Obviously, [Horton] chipped it by. It’s a bad mistake at a bad time to make it. I take responsibility for making a bad play. It’s unacceptable. It cost us the game.”

It also left Toronto on the brink of elimination.

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