Bruce Cassidy informs NHL officials about Maple Leafs bumping skates with Bruins

Nick Friar
April 22, 2019 - 4:48 pm

In a battle for the puck in the first period of Game 6, Joakim Nordstrom was called for high sticking after he caught some of Toronto defenseman Travis Dermott’s chin following a hit. However, upon further review of the play, Nordstrom’s high sticking appeared to be a result of Dermott bumping skates with the Bruins left wing.

Although Bruce Cassidy isn’t necessarily accusing Toronto of slew-footing, he did make it a point to inform NHL officiating supervisors about the skate-bump prior to Tuesday’s Game 7. Especially since this isn’t a first-time occurrence.

“I just find their skates bump the back of ours a lot, whether that’s just dumb luck or how they battle for pucks,” Cassidy said told reporters at practice on Monday. “We’ve brought it up with the supervisor; if you see a few of them. There’s a couple things we find Toronto does that we’ve brought up, that’s why (the officiating supervisors are) here, that’s what they ask for, anything you see.

“I’m sure Toronto brings things up with us. We’ll see where it goes. I noticed there was one on the faceoff (Sean) Kuraly went down from behind. There’s been a few of them every game. It started with the (Jake) DeBrusk battle (in Game 2) but I don’t know if I’d call it a slew-foot.”

Cassidy, again, made a point to say he’s not accusing Toronto of necessarily doing it deliberately.

“I’d just call it feet contacting feet, whether it’s by accident or by design I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t want to speculate.”

The topic of slew-footing has come up throughout the broadcast coverage of this series. Cassidy may not be so quick to use the term, but after it happens enough times, there’s a good chance it’s done by design rather than repeatedly on accident.