Found April 08, 2013 on Puck Drunk Love:
New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman should receive plenty of votes for "Dive of the Year" thanks to his comical flop in his team's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Trailing by a score of 2-0 and scrambling in their own zone, Stralman was tapped on the knee by the stick of James van Riemsdyk. Stralman collapsed to the ice before gingerly limping to the bench. Upon reaching the bench, Stralman was seen smiling and laughing, enjoying the fact his team was preparing to take the man advantage due to his theatrics.  You may have a tough time finding a worse or more obvious dive in 2013.  Let's examine this play from an unbiased perspective. Stralman was hit by van Riemsdyk's stick. That point is clear. However, van Riemsdyk had just one hand on his stick and was almost fully extended and off balance, desperately trying to reach Stralman before he sped out of the zone. If you've ever held an object at full extension while losing your bal...
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