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Sidney Crosby a dirty player?

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) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sid the Kid himself doesn't think so , if that matters. But leaving aside Crosby kicking Ryan Callahan's skates out from under him during last night's 3-1 Penguins win -- calling it a slew-foot may be a bit of an overstatement, because not all moves like Crosby's are slew-footing; they are all dirty, however -- Crosby is not above a sharp whack to the back of an opponent's legs.

"Dirty" is a pretty strong label, and Brandon Dubinsky didn't go there; he called it a dirty play. So did Brian Leetch on the MSG telecast, by the way, and Leetch isn't exactly known for stirring the pot.

Just last season, the NHL had a pair of slew-foot incidents to deal with in the first weeks of the year. Evgeny Artyukhin of the Ducks did it to the Stars' Matt Niskanen and got a three-game suspension; some guy called Alex Ovechkin did it to the Thrashers' Rich Peverley and got a fine.

Here's what Colin Campbell said about those, which drew plenty of ire about an uneven level of punishment.

Crosby won't be suspended, to be sure. I doubt he'll even be fined. And, for those conspiracy-minded Rangers fans, be sure that on Dec. 15, if Dubinsky tries to exact some revenge, he'll get an instigator and an extra 10. Prepare yourselves. It's a stars' league.


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