Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 2/13/13
There's no room for embellishing or diving in hockey. Aside from the fact that NHL officials have a hard enough time trying to figure out what's happening on the ice without theatrics, hockey players have always been lauded as being tough, rugged warriors - not divers. In Tuesday's game between Ottawa and Buffalo, Erik Karlsson demonstrated exactly what the NHL needs to crack down on. As Karlsson circled his own net, Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta's stick tapped / brushed Karlsson on the back, crumpling the young defenseman as if he'd been hacked to the ground by a mighty blow. Kaleta received two minutes for high-sticking (what?) from the official standing approximately 10 feet from the scene of the "crime". While you ponder why the call was high-sticking and why a gentle tap was enough to send a grown man down in a heap, consider the problem this presents the NHL. This isn't the first time an NHL player has taken a dive. However, it's troubling when the dive comes from one of game...
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