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Dreger: NHL focused on diving outbreak in playoffs

Darren Dreger
5/2/2010 9:32:13 PM
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Players are diving and NHL's referees are keeping a sharp eye for it.

There were no diving penalties called in the first 44 postseason games, yet in the last 10 games, five have been assessed.

Terry Gregson, the NHL's director of officiating says the league is cracking down. Gregson says embellishment was evident in the first round.

In Game 6 of the Washington Capitals-Montreal Canadiens quarterfinal series, three diving penalties were assessed, including two on Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre.

Detroit's Darren Helm was also called for diving in Game 7 versus the Phoenix Coyotes and Pittsburgh's Ruslan Fedotenko was tagged in the semi-final opener against Montreal.

Although teams were warned on the pre-playoff conference diving calls were in officials' cross-hairs, Gregson says some players still used it as a tactic to draw penalties in Round One.

Perhaps the most obvious, Philadelphia's Dan Carcillo whose attempt to dupe the officials into a phantom high stick penalty on New Jersey's Mike Mottau aptly illustrates the issue. Carcillo was not penalized.
 
Prior to Round 2, Gregson reminded his officiating staff that they are in charge of the integrity of the game and they must do everything they can to uphold it.

Darren Dreger

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