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Stop The Diving

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Enough is enough when it comes to embellishment, diving, flopping and all of the other dishonorable things creeping into the NHL game that make it much more like soccer than old-time hockey.

There were plenty of voices that had enough after watching Game 4 between the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers with Tomas Plekanec snapping his head back on a Brian Boyle high stick that grazed him in the shoulder pad area. To make matters worse earlier in the game, P.K. Subban had jumped up in the air and lifted his skates off the ice to sell an otherwise legitimate high-sticking call against Rick Nash.

It moved Eddie Olczyk to criticize both incidents during the live NBCSN broadcast, and studio analyst Mike Milbury did the same after watching things play out on the Madison Square Garden ice.

Milbury said Subban’s embellishment was “Oscar-worthy, not Emmy worthy”, and that Plekanec deserved a four-minute double minor for violently snapping his head back on a stick that tapped his shoulder pads.


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Review all of the games and start handing out suspensions for it. Though that doesn’t really change much if a powerplay goal is scored as a result of some guy diving that went unnoticed.
I think MLS took this approach as one of the bigger reasons most americans dislike soccer is because of the diving. It appears to have worked though as it doesn’t seem there is nearly the amount of diving in MLS as there is in the rest of the leagues.

Posted by weswolverine on 05/27/14 at 07:25 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

If true, then Chicago and Pittsburgh are diving champions.

Posted by bigfrog on 05/27/14 at 08:21 PM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Sharks are very good at the art of diving.  I would call a double minor with the time served fully regardless if goals are scored during the insuing pp

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 05/27/14 at 09:05 PM ET


Funny how Haggerty doesn’t mention Marchand in this article…

Posted by CallMeJerry on 05/27/14 at 11:59 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

All teams have embellishers. no team should. It’s embarrassing!

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/28/14 at 11:31 AM ET

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