RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner took exception Tuesday to accusations that he slew-footed Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins during the final seconds of Mondays game.
The NHL defines slew-footing as the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponents feet from under him, or pushes an opponents upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponents feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
Skinner and Bergeron collided behind the Boston net, and both fell backward. Bergeron was furious after the play, and the Bruins Brad Marchand told WEEI.com in Boston on Tuesday that Skinner slew-foots all the time.
I dont think thats what happened, Skinner said Tuesday. I think (Bergeron) stepped in front of me and we both fell back. I looked at the (video) tape and my hips were open. I dont know how you can pull somebody back over your leg when your hips are open. I think my left foot was off the ice there and we were both off-balance. We got tangled up.
Bergeron told the Boston media after the 5-3 victory that he didnt expect Skinner to be fined by the NHL, noting, I know he did it, but at the same time I dont really care what happens. Marchand was fined $2,500 last season for slew-footing Pittsburghs Matt Niskanen.
The NHL took no action on the Skinner-Bergeron play, Canes general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed.
Skinner said he watched the replay six times. We got tangled up. I dont know what else to say. He puts his stick across my body and latches on to me and we both fell backward. I really dont know what Im supposed to do in that situation.
Canes coach Kirk Muller said Tuesday he did not see the play nor had he seen replays.