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Ottawa GM blasts Crosby, Bylsma

Nov 27, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

Bryan Murray AP

Just when you thought the Crosby-Foligno elbow fiasco was ready to die, in swoops Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray with a shot of adrenaline.

Murray was seething after Sidney Crosby elbowed Ottawa’s Nick Foligno in the head Friday night. But when Crosby and Pens head coach Dan Bylsma accused Foligno of running goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Murray went on the offensive.

Here’s what he told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

“The rules are very clear now. If you fall into a goaltender and touch a goaltender, an elbow to the head and a butt end to the head is fair game. Dan Bylsma said that’s OK for them. Sidney said Nick Foligno is that kind of player.

“I wish (Foligno) was that kind of player. I thought the referees in that game, watching it and hearing the comments, it was 2-on-2. He fell over the goaltender. He was cross-checked four times. There was no question, did he get pushed? I don’t know. He got cross-checked, I thought he got a butt end, but it might have been a full elbow. (Chris) Kunitz comes in with a cross-check and the penalties were even.

“So, (NHL disciplinarian Brendan) Shanahan said that’s a good play. That’s a hockey play. Dan Bylsma said it’s good for them and Pittsburgh were the biggest ones on the head injuries. I’m remiss. I made a mistake. We didn’t have (Chris) Neil and (Matt) Carkner play in the game. We didn’t have enough toughness, so when we play Pittsburgh that’s something you can bring up to me again.”

Okay then!

Murray’s apparent boiling point was when Crosby accused Foligno of “making a big deal out of nothing” on the play.

“He’s [Foligno's] probably lucky it was me that was handling it and not someone else,” No. 87 added. “I think if he’s going to do that, he should be ready to expect a response.”

Bylsma lobbed equally harsh criticism Foligno’s way.

“We’re talking about a player that bumped into our goalie three times,” Bylsma said. “With the score 5-1 and intentionally going into our goalie, he can expect more than Sidney Crosby coming at him and talking to him during the game. That’s how we feel about those situations. He was in our net falling over our goalie, and I don’t think there was any question about the intent.”

The Pens and Sens meet again on Dec. 16 at Scotiabank Place. Might wanna mark that one down on the ol’ calendar.

  1. abrienza428 - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Wow, why is this still a big deal?
    I saw the video of Murray talking and he initiated the discussion about it. He was not prompted.

    If you bump a goalie, you’re going to take some shots. If Brooks Orpik was the one giving them out, it wouldn’t have even been mentioned in the recap of the game. Murray and everybody else needs to calm down.

  2. bcisleman - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Is there something in the water in Pittsburgh that turns a person into a total hypocrite? Last October, Matt Cooke deliberately ran RDP not once, not twice, but three times and was penalized each time. When a player does that three times, is penalized each time, and is not benched, he is clearly doing it at his coach’s behest. And this to a goalie who has had an almost legendary injury history.

    The thing is, it was this episode that led to RDP knocking Cooke off his skates in the 2/2/11 game which led to the goalie brawl which led to the 2/11/11 brawlgame…and an endless stream of hypocritical comments by Bylsma and more especially by his owner. I guess there’s one standard for Saint Mario and Saint Sid and their minions and another for the rest of us poor underlings.

  3. stakex - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    Murray’s point is a valid one. Hes saying that the league just said its ok to hit someone in the face with the butt end of your stick when they bump your goalie. Which is true since Crosby did in fact throw a butt end and was not penelized for it… which means its fine in the eyes of the league.

    I know Crosby fans try to say its not a big deal but funny enough Don Cherry, the biggest Crosby fan of them all, was very quick to jump on Crosby for his actions, even if for slightly different reasons. Bottom line is it was a dirty play from a player who (along with his team) has spent the last year whining about dirty plays. Its hypocricy, and on top of that the league is giving the green light to such plays.

    The really interesting thing is whats going to happen the next time someone throw a butt-end like that? If Shanahan does the right thing and suspended them… thats going to look realllll good. If he doesn’t, your going to see cheap shots like that all the time since it will be considered ok. For someone whos trying to get dirty plays out of the league by brute force, Shanahan really dropped the ball on this one.

  4. toegoat - Nov 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    wow whole lot of crying going on for a bunch of MEN don’t ya think?

    • dwil12 - Nov 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      funny you should say that since sid, bylsma, and mario cry about these things more than anyone else. yet they commit these dirty plays just as much as any team in the league.

  5. rabidbillsfan - Nov 28, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Dear Ottowa,

    Please refer to the Nov. 12th meeting between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres. If you are looking for a way to exact your “Revenge” then look no further than the good ol’ fashioned goalie check. You will not be Shannabanned, and you may even relegate Fleury to the Press box for a few games.

    Good Luck in your Endevours,

    A Sabres Fan

  6. toegoat - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    I meant both teams but after reading ur(dwill) comment I now include u also.

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