PITTSBURGH — Andy Sutton wasn’t in the mood for a debate after Game 2.
The Senators defenceman wasn’t 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 I’ve been doing this year,” said the 6-foot-5 Sutton. “I saw the guy’s head down. I moved towards him and I think it was a clean hit.”
Asked if he’d 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.
“I’m asking you,” said the Pittsburgh-based writer. “It was on the replay.”
“So, you’re an expert,” replied Sutton. “So you say you saw it and you’re an expert? You’re 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 don’t know why mine’s going to be hotly contested,” said Sutton.
Apparently, the league agrees with Sutton’s 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 wasn’t 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 he’s at.”