DETROIT (AP) - Red Wings forward Kris Draper said Nashville's Jordin Tootoo intentionally stepped on his back when both were going for a puck along the boards in Game 4 of their first-round series.
``Anything he does isn't an accident, plain and simple,'' Draper said Friday before Game 5 in Detroit.
Tootoo wasn't called for a penalty and Draper wasn't injured during the sequence in question Wednesday night in the Predators' series-evening win over Detroit.
``I was just trying to get out of the way,'' Tootoo said. ``He was in a vulnerable position. I'm a straight-up guy, I would never intend to do something like that.''

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Lightning vs. Wild Pick Are the Minnesota Wild going to secure a big home win tonight when they clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning...
Thumbnail Maple Leafs vs. Flyers Pick Do the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs have what it takes to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers...
Thumbnail Penguins vs. Ducks Pick Are the Anaheim Ducks going to secure a home win tonight as a small favorite versus the Pittsburgh Penguins? Game...
Thumbnail Golden Knights vs. Predators Pick Will the host Nashville Predators be able to notch a win tonight at 8PM ET in a tough matchup with the Las Vegas Golden...

NHL Team Pages