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Brad Marchand says Jeff Skinner “slew-foots all the time”

Jan 29, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand accused Carolina’s Jeff Skinner of being a slew-foot specialist.

And, enthusiast.

“Skinner slew-foots all the time,” Marchand told WEEI, referencing an incident from Monday’s 5-3 win involving Skinner and Patrice Bergeron. “He’s always doing that to guys and I think Bergy just had enough of it. We even spoke about it before the game in the room.

“The guys were talking about how much he slew foots and you’ve got to watch out for him. You can see it’s very blatant. He kicks his legs out and throws him back.”

Here’s video of the incident, with the *alleged* Skinner slew foot on Bergeron occurring behind the Boston goal at the five second mark:

As Marchand alluded to, this is not the first time Skinner’s come under fire for slew-footing.

Last March, the ‘Canes forward was said to have taken out Washington defenseman Dmitry Orlov with a similar move.

“If you can get a hold of the tape, you can clearly see his leg come out and trip him there,” one Caps player told The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity. “That’s a terribly dangerous play.”

The NHL reviewed the play, but deemed the play a trip, not a slew-foot.

A few days after the Orlov incident, Skinner was suspended two games for kicking Blues forward Scott Nichol, furthering his reputation as a guy that likes to use his feet for nefarious deeds:

It should be noted that if anybody’s qualified to identify a slew-foot, it’s Marchand. He was fined for one last year (on Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen) and said he regretting doing such a “greasy play.”

“[Skinner's] got to stop doing that,” Marchand said. “If he does it again, I wouldn’t be surprised if a guy got up and took exception. It’s just not a good play.”

  1. mclovinhockey - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    The ducking, diving, dirty play specialist calls out another player???

  2. broadstbully33 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Says the rat…

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Is this really a surprise? After he got suspended for kicking Nichol, i lost all respect for skinner. He is a dirty player. No doubt about it.

  4. steelpenbucs87 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I don’t disagree entirely but, Pot – you remember Kettle, ya know, from the stove.

  5. habsman - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    “Rat Face” sure does like to talk. Dirties player in the league hands down. Also biggest diver since Bill Barber.

    • nhbsfan - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      I think a Bruin’s post on PHT that also discusses Marchand must send off a extra strong signal to habsman more so than a normal Bruin’s post on PHT. I’m surprised it took until the fifth post. I wonder if he was like an iPhone app that alerts him to all Bruin’s PHT stories within seconds of them being posted or do you think he just sits there hitting refresh?

      As to the subject of the post, whatever you think of Marchand doesn’t make what he is saying any less true. It’s not like this is the first we’ve heard of Skinner’s foot work. He did have a nice goal last night though…roofed it!

    • mjdkid100 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Dirtiest player in the league!!! Hahaha, that’s hilarious. He’s certainly had 2-3 questionable plays in his career. But dirtiest in the league, you cant be that stupid.

    • mjdkid100 - Jan 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

      A Montreal fan accousing people of diving. Habsman always has the funniest comments…

      Ladies and gentleman, the newest re-signed Hab, PK Subban…

  6. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I think Marchand genuinely feels remorse for his former actions and moreover seems genuinely concerned for the well-being of his hockey brethren and the future of the game in general.

    Uh-huh. Right. This would be like Matt Cooke going on a pedastal against hits to the head. At least Cooke has the brains not to try.

  7. 8man - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Gotta love Noseface!

    Go Bs!

  8. gscheelar - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Can’t stand Marchand or the Bruins, but he’s right. That’s a dirty play that can cause career ending injury. Marchand may have done it in the past, but that does not negate the validity of his argument. Bergeron was justified (in hockey parlance) in going after Skinner. I REALLY hate goon hockey but I would not have had too much of an issue with Lucic or Chara going after Skinner for trying to take out one of their star players with a dirty play like that.

  9. pepper2011 - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    say what you want about Marchand. He did it, admitted it, and knew he had to fight because of it. Marchand is getting better. He is a pain, but he seems to be focusing more on the instigating; face wash, love taps, etc.. – he’s cut the dirty stuff out, the stuff that can jeopardize careers. He learns. He’s not Raffi or Cooke getting suspended for the same thing over and over again. Hopefully he stays on this path cause he can play and he’s more effective when he is agitating on the ice rather than watching from a luxury box. Bergeron is a great person for him to be around. The fact that Bergeron went after skinner really should prove there was something there. that’s two slew foots and a kick in a year- what you would expect from a 160lb figure skater?

  10. dipthatchip - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    i don’t even know why I bother reading the comments on pens, flyers, bruins, or habs related articles anymore

    • dipthatchip - Jan 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      regardless, it’s clear that Skinner should have stuck to figure skating

  11. jcmeyer10 - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    My boss and I were discussing it. Bergeron is the most even keeled barometer. When he is taking the gloves off, it’s more for than some trash talk.

    Missed it last night because I was watching the break down the ice, but it only took one look to see how dangerous that was.

  12. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Leave Marchand alone he “Nose” what he’s talking about. Dirty as hell but not the biggest diver. That honor clearly belongs to Miss Kristina Letang.

  13. lizardlickk - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    It’s like the pot calling the kettle black. Both of them have had more than their fare share of “questionable” plays. These mites need to grow up.

  14. nopuntintended - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Pot/Kettle…etc, etc.

    C’mon…that’s like if Wayne or Mario said someone scored a nice goal going and people “oh yeah, you’re one to talk”

    I’m a Bruins fan – glad that Marchand is on my team, and hope he grows into a more mature player.

    But the suggestion that he can’t comment on another player’s dirty play because he’s dirty? That makes him uniquely qualified, if anything, to call it as it is.

    That was an ugly play.

  15. bcjim - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Marleau will become invisible in the playoffs.

    Sincerely,
    Joe Thornton

  16. ironmike778 - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Love how 90% of you made this about Marchand. Brutal. Fact is, he’s right about Skinner. For a guy like Bergeron to flip out then you knows there’s something to it. Bergy is as classy as they come. That was very dirty and dangerous play by Skinner.

  17. govtminion - Jan 29, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    From a B’s fan…

    A) Bergeron had every right to be pissed- hard to say if this was intentional or not, but it could have been pretty bad, and Bergeron has no way of knowing if it’s an accident- so he took issue with it. I’m fine with his reaction, and I’ll bet Skinner is a lot more careful next time he faces Boston.

    B) The last person on the Bruins roster who should be talking about dirty play is Brad Marchand. Fun guy to watch play, but… not exactly Lady Byng material. If someone else was complaining about Skinner I might take it more seriously, but Marchand doesn’t exactly have much of a leg to stand on here.

  18. columbiannecktie - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Both players are slimy weasels, but Marchand is the weasel king.

  19. wchafan - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    I’ve been watching Skinner since he was in college. He was a cheap player since his 1st WCHA game. Been waiting for someone to “take him to task” for years. I’ve got a feeling it’s just a matter of time now.

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