Roy takes shot at Sen

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Not even a post-game shower could cool off Andre Roy. Angry at seeing Andrej Meszaros hit Sidney Crosby on or close to his left knee in a controversial third-period collision last night, the Penguins tough guy stood up from his seat at the bench and slammed his stick on the boards.

"That's five minutes for kneeing," he yelled at the officials.

For the shout-out, he was given a 10-minute misconduct and sent to the dressing room.

Before leaving Scotiabank Place, Roy had more to say about the incident. Plenty more.

"(Crosby's) allowed to get hit," he started, "but he is a franchise player. And you've got that ugly mutt skating across, going for his knee. They want a clean NHL ... and you wonder why you have incidents like Todd Bertuzzi.

"Meszaros should think twice. That can't happen."

For his part, Crosby shrugged off the play.

"I don't know," the rookie sensation said when asked if the hit by the Senators defenceman was a deliberate attempt to injure him. "You have to ask him."

Meszaros shrugged it off, too.

"No, I was just trying to hit him and he kind of moved," he said. "I didn't want to hurt him, just hit him."

Earlier during the Senators' 5-2 victory, Roy had words with Chris Neil, whom he thought was taking liberties with Penguins.

"I had to do something," explained Roy, who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. "(Neil) said, 'Your guys are running our guys.' I told him, in the playoffs, that's the way it'll be. You better stop whining and get used to it. The farther you go in the playoffs, the rougher it gets."

Arnie? Are Not:

Tyler Arnason was obtained by the Senators from the Chicago Blackhawks on March 9 and there are those who still wonder when he's going to get here. At least last night he showed a pulse. With two centres (Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher) injured, Arnason played a lot (19:21) and, for a while, half-decently. In the first period, he had an assist (to give him three points, all helpers, in seven games) and four shots on net. The rest of the night he was mostly the Invisible Man he's been since coming to Ottawa. The addition of Arnason -- who can neither play on the power play or kill penalties when this team is at full health -- seems unlikely to be the boost it was billed as at the time of the trade. To some in Chicago, it won't come as a surprise that we are deducing this after just seven games, but rather that it took us this long. "I can't wait until the Canadian media rip him after the first playoff game for his apathetic approach to hockey," Steve Konroyd, the co-host of pre- and post-game shows for the 'Hawks on 670 AM, was heard saying after the first game following the trade. The Senators better hope Konroyd is wrong, but right now it doesn't look that way.

Starts And Stops:

How tough is Eric Cairns? He took at least five solid shots in the head from Zdeno Chara and didn't go down. Some of us almost fell over watching ... With his two helpers, Peter Schaefer now has three goals and five assists in four games against Pittsburgh this season. That would make him a Penguin killer -- and therefore a friend of Batman and Robin ... The Carleton Ravens men's basketball team was on hand and received a standing ovation for winning its fourth consecutive CIS championship ... In case the front page headline writer missed it, we'll tell you here and now that the Kevin Haime Golf Centre (on Hazeldean Rd.) opens for the season TODAY! Wonder if that means renewal of my sponsorship deal with El Haimo, the one where he pays me NOT to wear the hat with his logo on a golf course?

Things That Make You Go Hmmm:

Remember when Ray Emery was bowled over by two Devils forwards in the waning moments of the game the other night? That he is trying to leave behind him his fisticuff-ing days is one reason he didn't punch them both out. The other? "Girls don't like it when you pick on little guys," said the Razor ... In a city that has now filled its NHL rink to capacity 23 times in a row, scalpers aren't always ridiculous. Last night, my cousin and a few of his buddies picked up $65 seats for $30, a half hour before game time. Of course, last night was one of the few times this season the entertainment value was about as high as the blue line -- but the scalpers had no way of knowing that ... Best wishes to Le Droit's "Sleepy" Sly St-Laurent, who turns 28 today but he's still the young pup of the Ottawa hockey writers fraternity ... Good job last night by Genevieve Henrie, who was pinch-hitting for vacationing Kathy as the night's in-arena hostess ... Scotiabank Place had its first streaker, a fully undressed man who came down from the third level and made it from section 218 to 211 before he was, um, grabbed by security ... Chara, who entered the night with a team-leading average of 27:09 ice time per game, was naturally one of the Senators to take part in Monday's optional workout. To Zee, optional only means more room to spread out. "I like to train," says Chara. "I just love to be on the ice, to do something for my body. At times, you have to be smart and take a rest, but I feel good. I just love to play."

By The Numbers:

Neil led the Senators with six hits -- the same number Arnason has through 67 games ... Bryan Smolinski led the Senators with five shots on goal ... Antoine Vermette was 7-1 in the faceoff circles. Arnason was 14-6.


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