Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/15/06 at 11:07 AM ET
The Flyer coach was willing to put his money where his mouth was Saturday afternoon after a controversial call led to his team's 4-3 overtime defeat by the Colorado Avalanche at the Wachovia Center. Hitchcock was incensed because referee Don Koharski, stationed at center ice, whistled defenseman Mike Rathje for hooking Colorado's Joe Sakic deep in the Flyers' zone at 3:08 of the extra session, the Flyers' second penalty in the OT. That led to Alex Tanguay's power-play goal (off a glaring Kim Johnsson turnover) at 4:15 and ruined a late two-goal rally by the Flyers that had sent the game into overtime. "The second penalty in the overtime was a dive,'' Hitchcock fumed. "Everyone on the ice knew it, their bench knew it, our players knew it. It was a dive. He grabbed (the defenseman's) stick, hooked it under his body and went down. It was a dive.'' Later, Hitchcock and Sakic passed each other in the hallway. Sakic kiddingly said to the coach that he wasn't a diver and wanted an apology. Safe to say, none will be forthcoming.read on Two ways to prevent this, don't bring your stick up into the waist, arm area, and start calling more diving penalties. The players are getting smart, if they feel a stick on them, they are beginning to grab the stick shaft or blade and then go down. Calling diving will put an end to that.
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