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Skinner denies Boston’s slew-footing accusations

Jan 30, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

Carolina forward Jeff Skinner has taken issue with comments made by the Bruins suggesting he slew-footed Patrice Bergeron in the waning moments of Boston’s 5-3 win on Monday.

“I don’t think that’s what happened,” Skinner told the Raleigh News and Observer. “I think [Bergeron] stepped in front of me and we both fell back. I looked at the tape and my hips were open. I don’t know how you can pull somebody back over your leg when your hips are open.

“I think my left foot was off the ice there and we were both off-balance. We got tangled up.”

Here’s video of the incident, with the *alleged* Skinner slew foot on Bergeron (who, by the way, told Boston media “I know he did it,” when discussing Skinner’s actions).

Everything gets going behind the Boston goal at the five second mark:

Skinner told the News and Observer he watched the replay six times before reaching his conclusion.

“We got tangled up. I don’t know what else to say,” he explained. “He puts his stick across my body and latches on to me and we both fell backward. I really don’t know what I’m supposed to do in that situation.”

As for Brad Marchand‘s accusations that Skinner slew-foots “all the time” — well, either the paper didn’t ask Skinner about his reputation as a serial slew-footer, or he didn’t respond.

The 20-year-old forward does have a history with this sort of thing, having been accused of slew-footing Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov last March.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Definitely looked like he used his legs and pulled back on Bergeron’s upper body. The way he keeps saying “I watched the tape” as if he weren’t there and “I think I….”…is all the indication you really need.

    Actually, Bergeron saying he knows he did it is really all the indication you need. Hopefully it’s watched closer now.

  2. upyourstodd - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    A usually mild mannered Patrice Bergeron doesnt get pissed off too easy. Slew foot or not, Skinner took Bergeron down. Cant say for sure if it was dirty, however, it did not have the perception of being clean either.

  3. capsfan19 - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Ha brad marchand complaining about stuff like this… Irony is a funny thing!

  4. onearmdragon - Jan 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    At 1:34 of the tape Skinner has his left elbow in Bergeron’s chest/abs, and his left knee/ankle behind Bergeron’s knee/shin.

    At 1:34:05 of the tape his knee has moved forward kicking Bergeron’s leg forward, while Skinner pushes his elbow back into Bergeron’s chest. This is clear in slow mo

    At 1:35 Bergeron is airborn with Skinners elbow in his chest and Skinner’s knee behind his knee.

    Perhaps “slew knee” is a better term than “slew foot”, but he absolutely did this clear as day in the video.

    Perenial LadyByng candidate wants to fight and the other claims innocence? BS

    • elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      I see that differently than you, apparently. Skinner isn’t pushing his knee forward, but drags it behind him (and in the process it trails Bergeron) and in the process they both fall back. Bergeron has no where to go with his legs and gets off balance as he stands up – which he does since he has to go tight to the back of the net. Since he’s top heavy at that point and Skinner is then pulling back on him with his arm and shoulder he’s bound to fall backwards.

      Did Skinner plan it that way, or even react to the situation in what was meant to be a slew foot? I don’t know, but having a leg behind and an arm in front of someone when they fall down doesn’t automatically mean slew foot. I’ve certainly seen much more obvious attempts at it than this one, which can easily be seen as unintended by Skinner no matter how it felt for Bergeron.

  5. einjzmolf - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    He’s going to be watched like a hawk and I sure hope he knows it. Doesn’t deserve to be playing right now doing stuff like this, and if he doesn’t get nailed for this one he will shortly in the future when he inevitably does it again. Get off the ice if you can’t properly check someone (hell with the new interference rule being overly enforced so far this year, he’d atleast get that if he were to have properly checked Bergeron anyways), and resort to being a dirty little kid slew-footing your way through a man’s game.

    Trash.

  6. bruinsfan19 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    You know something happened when Patrice Bergeron gets pissed off but what I don’t get is why does Skinner deny doing it he knows he did and its obvious in watching the game

  7. bruins18 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    You can see skinner holding bergerons stick in his right hand while his elbow is in bergerons chest… And his leg behind his leg…. What more proof do you need? Bergerons not a dirty player and not a fighter.

  8. valoisvipers - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    They got tangled up, end of story, move on folks.

  9. bruins18 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Sorry left hand*

  10. wildbillsrodeo - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Bergeron is the type of player who wouldn’t accuse such things if he didn’t mean. What does he have to gain by making it up? This one’s on you, Skinner.

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