January 28, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-3. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Haggerty Claims Bruins Patrice Bergeron Was "Slewfooted" By Hurricanes Jeff Skinner


As a Bruins fan I follow Joe Haggerty on Twitter and try to read most of his work, he is the official “Bruins Insider” after all. However I was a little disappointed with Joe this morning.

He tweeted a video this AM and stated, “The video evidence of why Patrice Bergeron lost it on Jeff Skinner last night…” and then he posted an article on CSNNE.com this claiming Bergeron was slewfooted by Skinner.

Now, I watched the game last night and if you did too you know we weren’t afforded the replay that Haggerty and everyone else saw this morning:

I’ve watched this video more than a dozen times and the important piece of evidence comes in at about the 1:30 mark when they zoom in on the alleged slewfoot incident.

I don’t see a full on slewfoot myself, all I see is a couple of players getting tangled up and both getting dragged to the ice very hard.

I know Skinner has been accused of the slewfoot before and even has one accusation of a slewfoot already this season, but I just can’t find him guilty of it on this play and it’s a “quasi-slewfoot” at best. Again I’ll say it, all I see is two players getting tangled up and Bergy just happens to get the worst of it.

Now, for the sake of fairness I will say that it doesn’t look good for Skinner. He’s a repeat offender and won’t be given the benefit of the doubt by many. Especially because when they first get tangled Skinner’s foot is indeed behind Bergeron’s legs and it appears to help bring Bergy to the ice, however I find it impossible to tell if its intentional or even malicious. To me, it all just looks like incidental contact.

It’s also important to note that there may not be a more respected/respectful player in the NHL than Bergeron. It takes a lot to get under this guy’s skin and even more to get him to drop the gloves, so it’s easy to see why people would look and try to find what set him off. The last time Bergy reacted like this, it was because Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows had made a snack out of one of Bergy’s fingers.

According to Haggerty’s article, this is how he saw the play: “So it was expected that a threat to Bergeron’s health was at the heart of the outburst against the Canes youngster, and a review of the video from Monday night’ game clearly shows Skinner taking the B’s center down with a slewfoot behind the net. The take-down was violent enough that it also caused defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to trip over Skinner as he was in the act of throwing Bergeron down to the ice.”

Sorry Joe, but I just don’t see a “full-on slewfoot”. The play is definitely questionable, however in no way is it a definitive slewfoot in my opinion.

Apparently the NHL hasn’t seen a slewfoot yet either. At the time this was written, Skinner had not been disciplined by the NHL or even summoned by  NHL disciplinary head Brendan Shanahan. For now, the jury is still out and myself or Haggerty could be proven wrong by the end of the day.

So, what do you guys think? Slewfoot or no slewfoot?

Tags: Boston Bruins Jeff Skinner Joe Haggerty Patrice Bergeron

  • Nostre Dummass

    Look again….real close this time.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxgZ9zk5X1w&list=UUliL-X9H47MhHCdEmgFhVFg

    Skinner obviously drags his leg behind Bergy’s knee…just before going around the net. And out the other side he makes sure he doesn’t show any follow through with the leg. But this closeup clearly shows a slewfoot and intent.

    • http://www.causewaycrowd.com/ Billy Bryson

      I said it was questionable, I just don’t (and still don’t) think it was 100% a slewfoot. Could be well played by Skinner as you say but thats a lot of effort just to take someone to the ice.

  • beezeebruin

    Bergie is one of the most respected forwards in the game. I would be willing to bet that it was an intentional slew-footing he received.

    However, no one should ever doubt how tough he is, and can be! Just ask former Montreal Canadien Josh Georges about how he got his ass beaten by Bergeron in the Stanley Cup Playoffs a few years back (April 2009).

    After giving Bergie a real rough night, Bergie just took him by the neck of his jersey and proceeded to level the guy with several quick face and head shots and then dropped him to the ice like the wet rag he really is!

    Bergeron is one of, if not THE most underrated player in the NHL. God, I love that guy!!

    the link: http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/2009/04/josh-gorges-vs-patrice-bergeron.html

    Beezeebruin.

  • beezeebruin

    Bergie is one of the most respected forwards in the game. I would be willing to bet that it was an intentional slew-footing he received.

    However, no one should ever doubt how tough he is, and can be! Just ask former Montreal Canadien Josh Georges about how he got his ass beaten by Bergeron in the Stanley Cup Playoffs a few years back (April 2009).

    After giving Bergie a real rough night, Bergie just took him by the neck of his jersey and proceeded to level the guy with several quick face and head shots and then dropped him to the ice like the wet rag he really is!

    God, I love that guy!!

    the link: http://ndgoon.blogspot.com/2009/04/josh-gorges-vs-patrice-bergeron.html

    Beezeebruin.

  • [email protected]

    You’re contradicting yourself, Billy. You say ” I just don’t see a “full-on slewfoot”, but then state “The play is definitely questionable”. Which one is it? I see it this way; You have a player in Skinner who has done this in the past and Bergeron who probably won’t whine about it becauswe he’s such a stand up guy. Of course Skinner is guilty, but he’ll get away with it because The Bruins, don’t complain to NHL front office. That’s Buffalo’s M.O. (see Ryan Miller and his “concussion”). If Brad Marchand Had done to a sabre what Skinner did to Bergeron, he’d have been suspended before the end of the period.
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