Two members of the Ottawa media had follow-up questions, which Sutton answered while reiterating that he thought it was a clean hit. It was pretty clear that he had nothing else to say about the matter after the third question. He didn't feel it was a worthy of a suspension. He didn't feel like he targeted the head. What else could we ask him?
But because "Genie in a Bottle" rules don't apply to NHL post-game scrums, a fourth question was granted.
And that's when things went south.
A reporter from Pittsburgh asked: "Did you know that you got your elbow up on that hit?"
Sutton replied, "Are you asking me, or are you telling me?"
In Sutton's defense, the question was awkwardly worded. It was more of a statement than a question; and it was a loaded one at that.
Upon reviewing the replay in my hotel room, it was a good, clean hockey hit.
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