New York Rangers forwards Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky alleged after tonight’s game that Sidney Crosby gets away with slew footing players and Dubinsky indicating that Crosby is a dirty player and stating that Crosby complains a lot. Even Rangers hall of famer Brian Leetch chimed in against Crosby.
Both Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky said Sidney Crosby slew-footed Callahan as Callahan was called for interference at 15:00 of the first period. Crosby was not called for a penalty and Dubinsky sounded off during the first intermission with MSG network.
That’s a dirty play,” 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, ” Dubinsky said.
“It’s a play that the NHL has tried to get rid of,” said former Hall of Fame defenseman Brian Leetch, who works as a studio analyst for the MSG Network. “It’s a dirty play, Leetch added.”
Crosby sounded off.
“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.”
Callahans Comments: “I thought he kicked my feet out from underneath me,” Callahan said. “The ref saw what he saw. I’m not going to get into a match of words with him in the paper. It’s part of the game. You move on and keep playing.”
More comments from Dubinsky: “I don’t want to turn this into more than it is,” Dubinsky said. “I’m not going to sit here and talk about Sidney Crosby because I don’t really care what he’s doing and I don’t really care what he does on the ice. “He did it two times,” Dubinsky added. “The second time he was called for tripping.”