There are some facts in the world that are undeniable: the earth is round, the sky is blue, and Brad Marchand is a diver.

On Sunday, after Jason Chimera clipped that “little ball of hate” en route to a Capitals goal, the Caps game entertainment crew showed a replay of Marchand falling to the ice, followed by a video clip of a diver jumping into a swimming pool. Caps fans went wild.

When notified of this by Boston reporters Tuesday, Marchand was adamant he plays the game honest. “For them to judge what knocks you down, they don’t know your balance or whatnot on the play. They’re sitting at home watching on TV. I don’t really care what they say. [Caps fans] have no impact on my game, my life. They mean nothing.” Same here, buddy.

Luckily for us, we’ve been forwarded an even better view of Marchand’s fall via reader @Athryn.

He’s right. We take it back. Clean fall, hockey play.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AD53U5OE5LM6MQ4OMD7QL6QGYA Philip

    banished to the land of divers along with Kesler and Crosby.  I LOVE that GIF.

  • Luke

    good to know that half-human half-beaknose birds fall over themselves when tapped on the arm

  • Lrhflute

    That is all sorts of brilliant!!!  Also, please keep this stuff coming…it helps keep my mind off of what’s coming at 7:30 tonight! :-P

  • Chip

    That gif is amazing hahaha

  • Jim

    Ugh.  Not that I want to defend Marchand, but he was bleeding from the face.  It does seem like he hit himself in the face with his own stick over being spun around, but I don’t know why in this particular instance you’d say he’s a diver.

  • Photoshop Guy

    Baby Marchand! Awwww. Adorbs.

  • Chip

    I’m pretty sure he bit his own tongue or lip because I can’t really see where a stick hit him (though if one did it would’ve been his own). There’s no way Chimera hit him with enough force to cause him to do that without Marchand at least slightly diving. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=733532775 Craig Fenton

    I held this up against the glass on the Boston side before game 4.  Lucic tried to read but he was having trouble sounding it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1120803109 David Weichert

    Lol you can see there’s actually space between him and Chimera. Then he sticks his arm out and gets magically spun around. Nominate him for an Oscar. 

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  • Peter

    Drew blOod from hitting ice. IMHO.

  • Krissy

    This is the funniest animation I have ever seen.  Ever.

  • Jim

    The shaft comes up into his face on the initial impact.  Heh.  That sounds dirty.

  • Jim

    And yes, there’s a way he was hit with enough force to cause him to do that.  

  • Rhino40

    Diviest diver ever to dive…

    Too late for this series, but when we play against him at VC next season I’d like to hear the media guys put on the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine next time the Bradster does a gainer:

    1) The Crowd can sing along
    2) Given the Bruins’ colors, th lyric is doubly appropriate…

    BWAHAHAHAAHA!!

  • Chimera

    Some players taking boxing lessons in the off season. I think Marchand takes acting classes.

  • PuckBuddyDoug

    He has more flops than Chevy Chase.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Ian Oland

     ::slow clap::

  • Alex

    I was under the impression that he was part rodent-that is, either rat or weasel. So it’s only natural that he comes up out of the ground to see Kesler go by.

  • Trevorlachance34

    Im pretty sure you would go down like that if you got elbowed in the face, or if u got a fucking stick to the balls. Both plays should have been penalties but the Capitals suck the NHL’s cock the whole season, and get away with everything. Go suck a big one you fucking Caps fans. We won the cup last year, we dont need another one, just it would be nice to have one.

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