Caps accuse Dorsett of 'dirty' slew foot on Green

Caps accuse Dorsett of 'dirty' slew foot on Green
May 12, 2013, 9:15 pm
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Mike Green slapped with penalty late in 3rd period

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) is called for a penalty after cross checking New York Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett (15) during the third period in game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won the game 1-0.

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NEW YORK – Was it a “very dangerous” and “dirty” slew foot?

Or was it simply a collision along the boards that resulted in Mike Green overreacting?

More importantly, is it a play that will be reviewed by the NHL?

With 6:14 remaining in the third period of the Capitals’ 1-0 loss to the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Caps defenseman Mike Green and Rangers Derek Dorsett chased a loose puck into the corner and slammed into the boards.

Green stayed on his skates after the collision, but turned and cross-checked Dorsett in the face, drawing a cross-checking penalty and sending the Rangers to their fifth power play of the game and 26th of the series.

“The one that we all had a problem with, obviously, was the one on Greenie,” Caps goaltender Braden Holtby said. “I think that’s a play that should be reviewed. It’s only because Greenie’s world-class, one of the best skaters in the world, that he didn’t fall on his back there.

“It’s a dirty slew foot and we’re short-handed from it. That’s the only one I think any of us have a problem with.”
Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner and head coach Adam Oates agreed, calling Dorsett’s slew foot a “very dangerous” play.

“You don’t want to complain but that play to me is one that concerns me,” Oates said, “because Mike got slew-footed to me and that’s why Mike reacted.

“Mike is not that type of player. It looked like a slew-foot, a very, very dangerous play. I realize Green’s a guy they want to target, but I think that’s a very dangerous play.”

Replays show both players trying to gain position for the puck, but there is no clear sign of a slew foot.

Green did not speak to reporters after the game and Dorsett, still bloodied by Green’s cross-check, was not asked specifically about the play or whether it would warrant another look by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

“I think when I’m playing hard, I can get under the skin of other guys,” Dorsett told reporters in the Rangers’ dressing room. “Any time I can do that, I want to help get the team on the power play.”

Dorsett’s hit on Green escalated the emotions of a series that has grown nastier by the day. The game ended with John Carlson, Troy Brouwer, Derek Stepan and Dan Girardi taking  roughing minors in a post-game scrum along the boards.

“We didn’t like the way they took a couple shots at Nick there,” Brouwer said, referring to Nicklas Backstrom.

Backstrom declined to divulge what led to the post-game fireworks.

“That’s what happens,” he said. “I don’t know.”