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by George Malik on 11/26/11 at 05:27 AM ET
Updated at 1:07 AM on Sunday, November 27th: Per the Canadian Press, Sidney Crosby took some flak for engaging in a little tussle with Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno on Friday night:
Crosby mixed it up with Ottawa’s Nick Foligno early in the third period, the start of a brief dust-up in which Crosby and Foligno exchanged cross-checks, before the Penguins star elbowed Foligno in the head. Both players earned minor penalties—Crosby for elbowing, Foligno for roughing—and Foligno took exception with Crosby hitting him up high to clear space in front of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
“It’s not a big deal, but it is something that he preached all summer about that we should limit that and then he goes and does it, so I was just a little disappointed,” Foligno said. “But, you know, that’s a small part of the game and it’s over now.”
Even as one of those over-critical Red Wings fans…I’ve seen worse…
Update: I’m not gonna make a new post for this, but here’s what TSN found Crosby had to say about the incident:
“I don’t what he’s talking about. I was preaching about the hits like [Max Pacioretty’s hit on Kris Letang] tonight, not a scrum,” explained Crosby. “I don’t know what he expects after he runs a goalie three times. He’s probably lucky it was me that was handling it and not someone else. I think if he’s going to do that, he should be ready to expect a response.”
Friday’s incident began when Foligno fell over Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury in the third period. Crosby responded by cross-checking the Senators forward twice. Foligno answered back with a cross-check of his own before Crosby delivered an elbow to the head of Foligno. At that point, Penguins forward Chris Kunitz jumped in and a scrum ensued.
“It’s not a big deal, but it is something that he preached all summer about that we should limit that and then he goes and does it, so I was just a little disappointed,” Foligno said Friday. “But, you know, that’s a small part of the game and it’s over now.”
Crosby was assessed a two-minute elbowing penalty on the play while Foligno received a roughing minor.
“I think he’s blowing it totally out of proportion,” stated Crosby. “Two nights before that I go into a scrum and I get punched in the head. I accept that. I’m going into a scrum that’s part of playing the game.”
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