Late in Game 6 on Sunday night, Mike Green and Derek Dorsett collided as they chased the puck into the corner of the Washington zone.
The Capitals accused Dorsett of slew-footing Green on the play but it wasn’t until the defenseman cross checked the forward in the face that a penalty was assessed with 13:46 gone in the third period. Green’s minor was one of five penalties Washington took prior to the final buzzer in the 1-0 Game 6 loss to the Rangers.
“The one that we all had a problem with, obviously, was the one on Greenie. That’s a play that should be reviewed,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. “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.”
Holtby wasn’t the only member of the Capitals to think so. Karl Alzner agreed with the netminder’s assessment calling the play “very, very dangerous.” Coach Adam Oates concurred.
“That play to me is the one that does concern me because it looked like a slew foot to me and obviously that’s why Mike reacted,” Oates said. “Mike’s not that type of player, and you’re watching it, to me it looks like a slew foot. Very dangerous play. Greenie’s one of those guys that they want to target, but to me, that’s a very dangerous play.”
Green did not speak to reporters following Game 6 and Dorsett, who has a reputation as an agitator but has never been suspended, was not asked specifically about the incident. Dorsett did, however, talk about being able to ruffle the feathers of an opponent.
“When I get moving my feet and playing hard, sometimes it can get under the skin of other guys,” Dorsett said. “Anytime I can do that, I want to try and help get the team on the power play.”
Here’s the definition of slew-footing from the NHL rulebook:
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 upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.