Sidney Crosby’s Slew-Footing of Ryan Callahan Should Lead to Serious Crackdown

November 30th, 2010 by Sean Hartnett Leave a reply »
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the latest NHL superstar to be branded with the loathsome label that comes from slew-footing an opposing player after his actions against the New York Rangers' Ryan Callahan late in the first period of Monday's game.

Both players were hustling towards center ice when Crosby caught up to Callahan and intentionally slew-footed the right winger.

Strangely, it was Callahan who was penalized for interference rather than Crosby, who committed the dangerous and uncalled-for misdeed despised by hockey purists.

While interviewed during the first intermission, Callahan's teammate Brandon Dubinsky accused Crosby of the controversial action: "That's a dirty play.  He's a guy who tries to get away with a lot of that stuff.  He complains a lot."

Rule No. 52 of the Official NHL Rulebook defines the current actions that can be taken against a player who is found to have slew-footed another player:

52.1 Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s up ...

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