The lack of integrity must come to an end. It is my own opinion that, aside from the rash of injuries, the lack of discipline and honor was the main undoing of this club in June. The sideshow acts were sickening.
There, I said it.
I may be a homer, but I simply didn't see it. So after reading this, I went on Youtube and tried to find the most egregious examples of diving by the Canucks, expecting to get schooled by the angry little haters. But I didn't. Here's a prime example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnY_foVY ... re=related
- Lucic does the can-opener on Burrows, his stick is clearly behind Burrows' leg, and the video is titled "The super diver".
Then there was this 2 minute montage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urIlWcdT6i4
It seems to have been taken from at last the past 2 years. At 24 seconds, you get Sammy getting speared by the goalie, and that's a dive? At 1 minute, Kesler gets a stick to the hands. At 1:28, Henrik getting a two-handed over-the-head slash on the hands.
I can admit, there are some dives in there, particularly Henrik and Luongo. But any time Burrows goes down, its automatically called a dive. Obviously he's suffering from the boy who cried wolf, much like Downie who took a diving penalty on a hit from behind that knocked him out of 2 games in the second round. But if, over the course of 2 years, 2 minutes of slo-mo replay is the worst that anybody can actually, y'know, prove
And just for reference, here's a nice little compilation of Bruins dives from the 2011 playoffs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WigPio6W ... re=related
The Canucks are the most skilled team in the league, no other team could skate with them, so its only natural that other teams break the rules more often against the Canucks just out of necessity/desperation. I do not agree that the Canucks embellished more than most other teams, but I do believe that Canucks had more legitimate penalties against than almost all other teams.
Every team embellishes, because nobody wants to suffer illegal contact for naught. Every team has people that dive. But I am so sick of people saying the Canucks are killing the integrity of the game. Read the rulebook - slashing, spearing, cross-checking, hits from behind, trips, (apparently) 10 punches to the head are all against the rules for a reason: they make the game less safe.
I do not agree that all other penalties somehow carry more "integrity" than diving.
I'm open to being swayed to the other side, but with the vast number of Canuck-haters out there, how has nobody proven this to be the case?