November 29, 2010
In the first period of Monday night's Pittsburgh Penguins game at the New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby(notes) and Ryan Callahan(notes) became entangled in the neutral zone. To break the stalemate, Crosby appeared to give the Rangers forward a slew foot. No penalty was called on Crosby; Callahan got two minutes for interference.
"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."
"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."
Does this mean another phone call for John Tortorella to Colin Campbell? (And then, we assume, some dressing room talk-filled email diatribe to another hockey dad from Colie?)
Should Crosby be fined by the NHL? Wouldn't be the first time a superstar took a financial hit for a slew foot, right Ovie?
UPDATE: Here's Crosby in the postgame, via Andrew Gross of Rangers Rants:
"How many penalty minutes do I have this year, if I'm that dirty?," said Crosby, who has 15 penalty minutes this season. "I mean, please. Show me all those dirty plays. It's a battle and he falls. I think Dubi has done his fair share of things out there that are questionable. I guess he's talking again. But I'm not surprised.
"It's a battle (with Callahan)," Crosby added. "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. If I tripped him, I tripped him. Am I dirty hockey player? C'mon. I think Dubi is smarter than that."
"How many penalty minutes do I have this year?" is probably not the best defense for a star player that, like any star player, gets his share of breaks from the officials. But dirty player? Sid's not a dirty player. But that doesn't mean he hasn't had his moments.