Sutton hits back at media

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:02 AM ET

PITTSBURGH Andy Sutton wasnt in the mood for a debate after Game 2.

The Senators defenceman wasnt thrilled with the idea of being asked whether he got his elbow up on a first-period hit that knocked out Penguins defenceman Jordan Leopold for the rest of the night and possibly the series.

It was just a hit like any other hit Ive been doing this year, said the 6-foot-5 Sutton. I saw the guys head down. I moved towards him and I think it was a clean hit.

Asked if hed seen a replay that showed Sutton got his elbow up, the blueliner got his back up.

Are you asking me or are you telling me?, Sutton shot back at the reporter.

Im asking you, said the Pittsburgh-based writer. It was on the replay.

So, youre an expert, replied Sutton. So you say you saw it and youre an expert? Youre not an expert.

Sutton said he felt a hit by Sidney Crosby on Jarkko Ruutu in the third should have been penalized.

I think the hit on Jarkko was way worse and I got suspended for hitting Pascal Dupuis earlier this year for the exact same hit. I dont know why mines going to be hotly contested, said Sutton.

Apparently, the league agrees with Suttons assessment. A TSN report late Friday said NHL VP Colin Campbell deemed the hit to be clean and there will be no suspension.

Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma wasnt willing to pass judgment. I know that it was a hard hockey hit, said Bylsma. I also know the league is looking at everything under a microscope.

Bylsma said Leopold is suffering from a head injury and will be evaluated further (Saturday) to sse where hes at.


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