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Setoguchi defends his 'dive' against Wings

Apr 30, 2010, 7:24 PM EST

I didn’t get to see the Devin Setoguchi “dive” until this morning,
but I can see where Mike Babcock had a bit of an issue with it. That
being said, it’s something you see in hockey all the time, and not just
from Setoguchi; players feel a stick by their faces and react as if they
were just hit across the head with a 2×4.

Setoguchi isn’t fazed
much by the criticism, especially with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock
saying, “You are from Western Canada, don’t do that crap.”

Per
Chris McCosky of The Detroit News:

“It is what it
is,” Setoguchi said. “Emotions get high in the playoffs
and people say stuff. But if you’ve watched me through the year, I don’t
think I’m considered a diver. I just do my part out there and try to
help the team out.”

  1. sharkstar - Apr 30, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    it happens everygame. babcock is just frustrated probaly. and as for the high stick from seto that left franzen bloodied, was a result from franzen tripping seto. thats why sharks got the pp not redwings!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. SharkFan - Apr 30, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    Oh please Babcock. Any one of your players that would take a stick in the face would go down like that too.
    A lot of times a ref doesn’t see a high stick so the players embellish it a bit. It happens.
    And for the last time: Franzen was clipped because he took out Setoguchi’s skates from under him. Get over it.

  3. Scott - Apr 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    Folks, watch the replay. Seto didn’t even get his in the face.
    Calls go back and forth. Wings didn’t get the breaks Thursday, but they’ll probably get them a few other games in this series. Everything evens out of over time, and the team that plays best on special teams probably wins the series.

  4. haywood jablome - Apr 30, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    “it is what it is”, “i dont think i’m considered a diver”. ” I just do my part and try to help the team out”. Thats a lot of words to say that I took a dive.

  5. beep - May 1, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Watch the Franzen replay and slow it down. You can see that Set’s stick was well on its way to Franzens face before the trip.
    The “high stick” penalty on Fil? He didn’t even hit Seto in the face. It should’ve been a slashing penalty.
    Get over it? No. NHL refereeing has become horrendous and it is detrimental to the very sport itself. Calls are inconsistently made and consistently missed. Those who might have a slight interest in becoming fans or becoming bigger fans of hockey are being turned off. The NHL wants to increase their fanbase but the only ones slowing that down is the NHL itself.
    Even old time referees have complained about the current state of NHL refereeing. Those who think it’s ok must not be very avid hockey fans.

  6. sharks=choke - May 1, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Those with a dvr should watch the play in slo-mo. Franzen’s stick was by Seto’s calve and had nothing to do with him flying backwards. He probably felt the stick and proceded to act like he was hit by a 100mph wind gust. His out of control flailing caused him to high stick Franzen and Seto should have served 4mins in the box. The sharks did deserve to win after Detroit’s 1st period collapse, however, how anyone can take Seto the diver serious is beyond me. Congrats Seto, now your on the same diving team with people such as Crosby.

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