Rolosonís play was dirty, Nash says
Monday, December 04, 2006
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
DENVER ó Rick Nash has made his NHL living in close proximity to the opposing goal, so itís nothing new for the Blue Jackets left winger to draw the ire of goaltenders who want to keep him at a distance.
Edmonton goaltender Dwayne Roloson took the tactic to a new low Saturday, when he whacked Nash between the legs early in the Blue Jacketsí 4-0 win in Rexall Place.
"I was in a lot of pain," Nash said. "Thatís a dirty, dirty move. He hit someone where it hurts the most.
"Thatís the first time thatís ever happened to me. Iíve been cracked in the back of the legs or in the back. Thatís bad enough. But itís a dirty move, spearing somebody between the legs. Itís unbelievable to me that he would do that."
Nash dropped his stick and fell to the ice, curling up in agony before play was stopped.
Roloson was called for slashing, giving the Blue Jackets, who already were on a power play, a two-man advantage for 57 seconds.
They didnít cash in right away, but Anson Carter scored to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead while Rolosonís penalty was still in effect.
"It was definitely worth it," said Nash, who was asked if the NHL should fine or suspend Roloson.
"Itís a dirty move. Iíll say that and leave it in their hands."