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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hockey is a rough sport, no?

There might be nothing I despise more than a professional ice hockey player/team taking constant dives. Is it just me, or does every team the Flyers play dive quite often? I can't recall many times if any this season, that a Flyers player has dived to get a call. Dubinsky "dived" during the Saturday afternoon game against the Rangers earlier this year. Staal dived twice tonight, both times being PUSHED by a Flyers defender. Neither time was the contact any more than a push. Alberts disgustedly cleared the crease late in the 3rd period at which point Staal went sprawling across the ice, and Parent got a cross check called due to how Staal lunged into the boards after being pushed behind the net. I think taking a dive is a very cowardly thing to do, and it should be called (justly) more often. Also, Bill Guerin instigated Coburn into fighting in the last 10 seconds of the game, with no repercussions. After the puck dropped, the winger skated right up to defenseman Braydon Coburn who was just standing in front of the crease, and started chopping him with his stick until he dropped the gloves.

This game increased my disdain for the Pittsburgh Penguins. I don't even know how that's possible.

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