Sidney Crosby and the slew-foot that wasn't. Or was. You decide.
On Monday night, as the Penguins were beating the Rangers, Sidney Crosby and Ryan Callahan became entangled. Some felt that the videotape showed Crosby administering a slew-foot, a gentlemanly slew-foot, to be sure, but a slew-foot nonetheless. Or was the contact completely incidental?
"That's a dirty play," Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky said in a broadcast interview during the first intermission, according to Fanhouse. "He's a guy who tries to get away with a lot of that stuff. He complains a lot."
We hadn't noticed the complaining (ahem), but Callahan, the takedownee, agreed with Dubinsky's analysis. "Any time you take someone's feet out from underneath them, it's a dangerous play There's not much you can do."
Crosby was unpenalized on the play and sprung to his own defense.
"How many penalty minutes do I have this year?" Crosby asked. Answer: 15. "I'm not dirty. Please. Show me all those dirty plays. It's a battle. He falls. I think [Dubinsky] has done his fair share of things out there that are questionable. I guess he's talking again. I'm not surprised.
"It's a battle. He's holding me going up ice, and I'm trying to push him off. Is it that calculated? I'm trying to get to the net. I'm not worried about that kind of thing. I'm trying to get to the net and push him off. If I tripped him, I tripped him.
"But am I a dirty hockey player? Come on. I think [Dubinsky's] smarter than that."
"Replays suggested that Crosby could have been called for tripping Callahan after hitting Callahan's skate with his. Crosby, however, did not sweep Callahan's leg with his own as they battled while skating toward the New York end, which is the kind of act that generally results in a 'slew-foot' call."
| December 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
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