NEW YORK | Braden Holtby accused Derek Dorsett of committing a “dirty slew foot” on Mike Green in the third period of the New York Rangers’ Game 6 victory over the Washington Capitals. A penalty was called on Green for retaliating by cross-checking Dorsett.
Five minor penalties were called on the Caps to none for the Rangers before a scrum at the final horn. Holtby decried that as “lopsided.”
“The one that we all had a problem with, obviously, was the one on Greenie,” 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 slewfoot and we’re short-handed from it. That’s the only one I think any of us have a problem with.”
Dorsett and Green went down in the corner of the Caps’ defensive zone. Green appeared to cross-check Dorsett in the face in full view of one of the officials.
“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,” coach Adam 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.”
Told of Holtby’s comments, defenseman Karl Alzner said: “I completely agree. Very, very dangerous.”
Green did not speak to reporters, and Dorsett was not directly asked about the play in question. He was asked about trying to draw penalties.
“I think when I’m playing hard, I can get under the skin of other guys,” Dorsett said. “Any time I can do that, I wanna help get the team on the power play.”