When the Capitals drew the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs, we were a bit relieved that we wouldn’t have to deal with a player like Brad Marchand diving all over the ice this series.
Perhaps we spoke too soon. 3:50 into the first period, Rangers captain Ryan Callahan cross-checked Alex Semin as he went to the bench for a change. Semin responded appropriately by giving him a whack to the calf, which must be why Callahan dropped to the ice like he was shot. Video of the play is below the jump.
Predictably, the ref’s arm went up and only Semin was ushered to the box. His slashing penalty nullified an early power play for Washington.
Now if you want my analysis on the play, I see either matching minors for unsportsmanlike conduct (diving) on Callahan and a slash for Semin — or no penalties at all.
After watching the Bruins series, we’re worn out on gamesmanship. Come on boys, just play hockey.