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Rangers accuse Sidney Crosby of committing a “slew foot” during first period

Nov 29, 2010, 9:40 PM EST

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The Rangers and Penguins have developed a pretty healthy dislike for each other this year and with how things are playing out in tonight’s game, it’s not likely that those ill feelings are going to go away any time soon.

During the first period of tonight’s game, Rangers forward Ryan Callahan was called for an interference minor when he, on first glance, appeared to take a run at Sidney Crosby and fell to the ice. Looking closer at the play, something a bit more seemingly sinister went down. Puck Central shows us video of what happens when Crosby apparently delivered a slew foot to Callahan (update: Here’s a YouTube link that works.)

During the first intermission, MSG Network’s interview was with forward Brandon Dubinsky who got his feelings out about what he thought of the play. Chris Botta of NHL Fanhouse brings the details as well as what a former Rangers legend had to say about it.

“That’s a dirty play,” Rangers center Brandon Dubinsky said of Crosby in a broadcast interview during the first intermission. “He’s a guy who tries to get away with a lot of that stuff. He complains a lot.”

Crosby was not given a penalty on the play. Callahan was given a two-minute minor for interference.

“It’s a play that the NHL has tried to get rid of,” said Rangers Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch, who now serves as a studio analyst on the team’s broadcasts on MSG Network. “It’s a dirty play.”

Well then. For what it’s worth, the Rangers didn’t try to get any redemption on Crosby for the hit until late in the third period, Rangers agitator Sean Avery made a run at Crosby and was dropped to the ice by the Penguins captain away from the play. Crosby was given an tripping minor on the play, much to the joy of the New York crowd.  Pittsburgh got the final say winning the game 3-1.

  1. crosbyhasgonorrhea - Nov 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    I wonder if Sid gets a stocking next to Greg’s at the Campbell household?

  2. psujay - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    As I recall, Malkin did this a few years ago to the Rangers as well, and he was also accused of it in the playoffs. I wonder why it’s so prevalent coming out of Pittsburgh…if everyone in the NHL fell down as easily as their skaters do no one would need to slew foot…of course, there would be 3 guys lying on the ice at any given moment.

  3. jkay123 - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Nice headline, rangers “accuse” they arent really accusing, they have eyes. Anyone who watched the game knows it was a slew foot and a very dirty play. The best part is, they called callahan for the penalty. The officiating in this rangers/pens rivalry is a joke, werent the PP’s 7-0 last time in favor of pitt?

  4. hockey22 - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Let me start out by saying I am not a penguins, nor a rangers fan (Red Wings, actually) I have watched this video several times now, and the more I do the more it looks less and less like a slewfoot. Why? Well what I notice is that when Callahan hit Crosby, Crosby was in stride, his left skate was down on the ice, and hit right leg was in the air behind him, in typical skating fashion. As Callahan slid over and hit Crosby, he hit him mid/upper mid section, causing Crosby’s upper body to jerk backward. If you have never been hit like this before, this about it logically. If you are getting hit like this, and you go to try and to regain your balance, your body naturally brings that right leg downward quickly so you can try to regain balance. Now Crosby is trying to get to the net, so he is skating to the right, while Callahan is trying to force him left, so it just so happened that when Crosby tried to catch his balance, his right foot hit Callahan’s left foot. If you have ever played hockey and not just watched it, you would know how heavy your legs feel when your out there after skating a bit, and how quickly you get tired, hence why the shifts are so short. And before you go all “You don’t know what your talking about” I have played hockey, 4 years of Division 1 hockey and 2 years in the AHL in fact, (6 years ago, but nevertheless…) Now I am not defending Crosby here, I am only saying it was not as dirty as people made it out to be. The call was a mistake, as unintentional as i believe it was, it was still a trip, and Crosby should have been in the box for 2, not Callahan.

    Also to jkay123…yes that was the correct statistic, but that was last time…and I believe you all won that game, so I don’t get the point you are trying to make. Last night you all had twice as many PP as the penguins, and still couldn’t convert. Don’t worry we will crush your rangers on Feb. 7

  5. jkay123 - Nov 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    hockey22, youre a redwings fan………sure

  6. polegojim - Nov 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Crosby is a slew foot. He can’t play with men, so he resorts to boys tactics. He tripped and planted Callahan plain and simple.

    It would have been too much for him to either take or deliver an actual hockey hit.

  7. pens87 - Nov 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Polegojim…yea that makes a ton of sense. The man was the youngest captain to ever win a Stanley Cup, and scored the game winning golden goal at the Olympics, but yea he can’t play with men. Oh and the fact that he is the leading point getter and second in goals right now in the NHL definitely means he can’t play with men, and I’m sure all the goalies just let those goal in to make him feel better.

    Yea your an idiot.

  8. ihateannouncers - Dec 1, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Looked like a slew foot to me….and interference by Callahan. Dubinsky should stop his crying…..he is a lot more dirty than Crosby…Hey Brandon how about in 2008 when you had 13 goals and 112 penalty minutes?? Pot..Kettle??? Sounds like somebody is jealous.

    p.s. polegojim is an idiot

  9. rfoster75 - Dec 1, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    dirtbag. Nothing worse than a whiny, dirty player that takes credit for everything around him.

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