What happened to Dmitry Orlov and Jeff Skinner in the corner Tuesday night was a matter of opinion. The Washington Capitals seemed to think the young Carolina Hurricanes forward was guilty of a slewfoot on Orlov, one that was not called.
Skinner told his side of the story about 25 minutes after his team’s 4-3 overtime win.
“We were going into the corner, I think he tried to sort of back up and I felt like he tried to come and hit me. I think he may have slipped. I don’t know,” Skinner said. “I looked at the replay when I was in the box and it sort of looked like I finished with my hands forward, but that was my momentum. I don’t know. I think he just slipped.”
A slewfoot is essentially a tripping motion with a skate that’s intentionally designed to take another player’s feet out from under him.
Told that Caps players thought it might have been a slewfoot, Skinner disagreed.
“No. I don’t know. I didn’t see the positioning of my feet. I just sort of stood my ground,” he said. “He tried to come and hit me and he slipped. There’s not much I can do there. If he tries to step back and hit me, I can’t do much. I can’t sort of wrap my arms around him and protect him if he slips.”
The play continued down the ice, as Alex Ovechkin came to Orlov’s defense, and Tim Gleason and Brooks Laich also stepped in. Meanwhile, Dennis Wideman was called for goaltender interference before a fracas ensued that included Orlov shoving linesman Jean Morin and earning a 10-minute misconduct.
“I saw a little bit. Obviously I’m trying to protect myself,” Skinner said. “They went up ice and we got a power play.”
Caps coach Dale Hunter said he didn’t see either Skinner and Orlov’s situation in the corner to his right nor the shove that got his young Russian defenseman sent off the ice.