Crosby skates by without penalty despite bloody slash

Marc Methot

There’s bad blood between the Senators and Penguins star Sidney Crosby right now … literally.

Crosby slashed Ottawa’s Marc Methot in the first period Thursday, leaving Methot’s left hand bloodied and mangled. Crosby didn’t receive a penalty.

Here’s video of the slash (warning: slightly gruesome):

Twitter can be awesome:

Senators coach Guy Boucher on the injury:

“His finger is destroyed. It’s shattered and he’s out for weeks.”

To add insult to injury for Ottawa, Crosby won’t face discipline for the play, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.

Here’s the NHL’s Network’s Michael Rupp and Mike Johnson discussing the impact of Ottawa losing Methot:

Crosby says it was an innocent mistake:

“I’m just trying to get his stick, and I think I caught his finger, judging by his reaction and their reaction,” Crosby told Pittsburgh reporters. “I’ve gotten those before, they don’t feel good.”

That didn’t satisfy Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who went on an epic rant Friday morning on TSN 1200:

“You do anything that’s almost a certain injury, and I think the only way you do it is you wipe the guy off the map … not one or two games — ten. How about a season for a few of these guys? I mean, really. He takes my guy, I take your guy. That’s my attitude. The guy who creates the injury, they should watch games together for the rest of the season. That’s the kind of attitude I have. There’s no room for that. And you, know, you have to think of that. Marc Methot … that’s the guy that you saw. I see things behind the scenes with what happens with slashes. They’re ugly. They’re just as ugly as Marc’s. But Marc’s was so visible. It was a terrifying thing to look at those pictures. I don’t even want to think about it. It’s that disgusting. That’s the only way you do it. You hammer these guys, and you take away their money, because they all understand money. And you say ‘you’re done for 10 games,’ and guess what? You guys aren’t getting anywhere close to winning the Stanley Cup if it’s an elite player on the other side. There’s no room for it in the NHL. I hope this guy … and we all know who he is … the guy’s just a whiner beyond belief, and you do this kind of stuff … I don’t care who you are in the league, I don’t care if you’re the No. 1 player in the league, you should sit out a long time for this kind of crap. You really do.”

Some social media reaction was harsh, too:

Others defended Crosby and the NHL:

The Ottawa Citizen’s Bruce Garrioch understands why Melnyk is upset:

The Ottawa Senators have every right to be upset. … When the replay was shown on the scoreboard with Methot leaving the ice with an ugly mess on his hand, it sure looked like Guy Boucher motioned to the officials to wake up because Crosby should have, at the very least, received a slashing penalty for his actions. Yes, the Senators can be mad but they have to move on without Methot.

SB Nation’s Hooks Orpik says Crosby should have drawn a penalty but not a suspension:

So the Senators know this is part of the game. A better question is probably – why is so much slashing on the hands embedded in NHL culture? And as pointed out in the comments, a player is better off slashing someone’s glove than the stick, because if the stick breaks it is obvious, looks bad and often times a penalty, even if the actual slash wasn’t so bad. A slash to the hands is enforced as a penalty far less frequently, unless it’s denying a clear scoring chance. Anyways, a common refrain about whiny fans (who ironically like to call Crosby the whiner) is that if the shoe was on the other foot, Sid would be petulant and the other person would be suspended. Fun narrative, let alone that only 1 player in the history of Crosby’s career has ever been suspended for all the shots he’s taken. But sure, now the NHL will start protecting their star right?

What do you think? Should the NHL have suspended Crosby after he “destroyed” Methot’s finger?

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