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The Crosby-Callahan-Dubinsky war of words

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins looks to pass the puck against the New York Rangers. (Nov. 29, 2010) (Credit: Getty Images)

 It was really a sidebar to the game, but file this away for when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh on Dec. 15. 

Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky declared post-game that Sidney Crosby slew-footed Callahan when the Rangers wing  was called for interference with five minutes left in ther first period. On MSG TV between periods, Dubinsky called it a "dirty" play.

“How many penalty minutes do I have this year, if I’m that dirty?,” said Crosby, who has 15 . “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...He’s (Callahan) 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.”

Said Callahan: “I thought he kicked my feet out from underneath me. 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.”

“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...He did it two times. The second time he was called for tripping.”

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