No discipline for Sidney Crosby for slashing tip off Marc Methot’s finger
Sidney Crosby will not be subjected to any discipline for a slash that ripped the tip off of Marc Methot’s finger, per NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who told ESPN the league is not investigating the matter.
The incident occurred during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators Thursday night. Methot missed the final 45 minutes of the game after coming off the ice cradling his garish, mangled finger, the result of a two-handed slash from Crosby, who was not penalized on the play.
There was a brief confrontation between Crosby and Methot before the Senators defenseman left the ice.
Warning: Video contains some disturbing footage of Methot’s mangled finger. Viewer discretion is advised.
Senators owner Eugene Melnyk unloaded on Crosby Friday morning, calling for the NHL to suspend the Penguins superstar, which of course now will not happen.
“We all know who he is. The guy is just a whiner beyond belief,” Melnyk said on TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa while not mentioning Crosby by name. “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 need to sit out a long time for this kind of crap.”
Senators head coach Guy Boucher said Methot’s finger is “destroyed,” “shattered” and that the defenseman will be “out for weeks.”
The case can be made there was no malicious intent on Crosby’s behalf on the play. But given Crosby has been called out before for arguably dirty play on several occasions throughout his stellar NHL career, one has to wonder.
In fact, Crosby as recently as earlier this week was criticized for another questionable act.
But in this case yet again, Crosby comes out of an incident without punishment. And Methot is left with a mangled finger.