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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Sidney Crosby and the slew-foot that wasn't. Or was. You decide.

By Cindy Boren

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."

Because Lady Byng is unavailable to make the call, let's go to the videotape ... and to this from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

"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."

By Cindy Boren  | December 1, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  NHL  
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That the most coddled player in the NHL points to his total penalty minutes as proof that he is not a dirty player is laughable.

Posted by: 74umgrad1 | December 1, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Call him Sid Vicious.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | December 1, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I welcome any chance to discuss one of the coolest, weirdest penalty names in all of sports, slew-footing.

Oh, and I welcome any chance to strike up the anti-Crosby chorus. Always good for a laugh.

Just love how righteously indignant he gets about this stuff, too. That's the icing on the cake.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Cindy can't be bothered to administer a lowblow face-to-face, so why should anybody be surprised that she would slew-foot somebody from behind as well???

And it isn't as if she's the only player on that team to have delivered a slew-foot from behind to a Ranger in MSG.

Posted by: CapsNut | December 1, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Okay. If he's your boy, he's playing on the edge. If he's not your boy, he's dirty.
Now, depending on your point of view, and under the EXACT same circumstances, Sid gets away without a minor. If it's Ovie, it's a gamer and probably a suspension. Yes, I am an Ovie fan and yes he plays on the edge. I say this because he's my boy. Sidney, however, is NOT my boy. So, it follows that he is dirty. In my opinion sneaky dirty. For those of us of a certain age, he is kind of like Eddie Haskell. "Gee, Mr. Bettman, you sure look sharp today."

Posted by: prestoj | December 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

God, I wish his nickname were anything but "Cindy." This is my cross to bear. Sigh.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 1, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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