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Photo of the day: Ryan Kesler fell down and went boom

Apr 16, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

source: Getty Images

What you see here is what happens when Ryan Kesler goes above and beyond the call of duty to draw a cross checking call by Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell. What’s funny here, aside from Kesler’s over-the-top theatrics, is seeing Mitchell and Alec Martinez busy chatting about the call about to be made against them while Kesler is still in the process of whirling and twirling to the ice.

Yes, Mitchell was called for a minor penalty while Kesler managed to escape without being called for diving. It’s as if Kesler is doing his best Austin Powers imitation here. “Oh, I fell over… Oh, I fell over again…” Hey, with acting like this it practically is comedy.

I’m sure you guys have some great captions for this picture, let’s see them in the comments.

  1. bdawk20 - Apr 16, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Did I miss this story when Letang did it???

    • mercyflush - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      A) Letang got called for diving, so its not the same type of story

      B) Letang is no where near as bad as Kesler is. Kesler is a serial flopper.

      • bdawk20 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

        It is the same story. It is making fun of a player for diving. Does not matter if it was called or not, it was diving.

        Even though Letang was called for diving, Read was still called for the cross-check, which should also be examined as the NHL rarely calls a dive as a standalone penalty.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    He didn’t realize the Oscars are held in a different building in LA.

  3. bergeronforselke - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Maybe the glass was starting to fall towards the ice and he was sacrificing himself to save the Kings defenseman

  4. sixshooter90 - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    what? nobody on L.A. dives. LOL.

    • coop21 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      Actually, the Kings focus on playing hockey instead of diving and taking stupid penalties.

      Vancouver may want to think of adopting this strategy. 3-0 Kings says it’s working.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

        Someone should tell that to Williams, Richards and Brown, all of whom were mentioned along with the word ‘dive’ last night.

        While Kesler didn’t need to sell it, and I don’t like how badly he did so, it was a cross check. Mitchell kept at him when he really didn’t need to so you can’t fault the refs for calling that.

        The Kings have had the bounces the last two games when they’ve been outplayed for the most part, and they did deserve the win in game one when Vancouver played horribly. We’ll see how close Van can make this series if they start to find their scoring touch while still controlling the majority of play.

  5. biffnasty - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Keslers toe pic got in the way

  6. upyourstodd - Apr 16, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    It is stuff like this that re-affirms how joyous it will be if the Kings finish this thing off.

  7. comeonnowguys - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Nice caption: “GUN!”
    Troll caption: “Oh, that’s where I left my man-parts!”

    Come on, Kesler. That’s two in three games.

  8. 8spokedb - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I used to think Kesler wasn’t like the rest of the gutless pukes on Vancouver, but I must have been biased because he is an American. Maybe its something in the water up there in BC.

  9. derekl1113 - Apr 16, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    This kind of stuff will ruin a great game.

  10. beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    It’s obvious what is going on in this picture. Some fan hid a giant super-magnet behind the wall and Kesler is wearing a steel brestplate.

    • supercoop8 - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM


  11. beavertonsteve - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    It’s obvious what is going on in this picture. Some fan hid a giant super-magnet behind the wall and Kesler is wearing a steel breastplate.

    • wingsdjy - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      Still funny the second time! Kudos!

  12. govtminion - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    “…the weird part is he says he got hit by Brad Marchand.”

    • danphipps01 - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

      Oh, well-done sir. Well-done indeed.

  13. blomfeld - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Thank you Kessler, thank you very much !

  14. east96st - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    “Kesler finds out mid-game he’s been traded to the Jackets”
    Yes, I know the trading deadline has passed. Just a little self deprecating humor from a long suffering Jackets fan.

  15. stakex - Apr 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Diving and embelishment are the biggest issues the NHL refuses to address. I mean the ref is right there, and this was such a dive its almost unbelievable… yet no call? What kind of sick joke is that? I guess the league figures there is no diving problem in the NHL so long as they aren’t calling it.

    On a side note, could anyone imagin the dive fest that a Pittsburgh and Vancouver final would have been? The leagues image is lucky both teams are getting blown out.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Did you see all the cheapshots this weekend? And you think diving is the biggest problem?

  16. wingsdjy - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Kesler: “Gah…bad ice!”

  17. govtminion - Apr 16, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    “Whoop! Banana peel there!!!”

  18. sippindasyzurp - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    This is the exact reason why Canadian people not in Vancouver hate Vancouver with these antics… I mean at least H.Sedin came back into the game after getting rocked… But this was embarassing

  19. dekalbhawk - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    With all the practice I get, I better get a 6.5 for this dive.

  20. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Forget the fact Kesler is a phony diving gutless puke much sought after on the summer stock circuit down Davie way…focus on the quality of refereeing in the NHL that is unable to enforce its own rules regarding embellishment! The cross checks were professional and directed at padded areas, but the dive was an embarrassment to Kesler’s team, it’s city and the game of hockey; yet where is Shanahan’s take on the integrity of the game when refereeing so variant and inconsistent in administering the Laws of the Game its audience is left with the same sort of emotions suffered in the predictable dramas unfolding in professional wrestling. The NHL ranks right up there with professional soccer and the Bolshoi itself for graceful flight, extended air and near inhuman glide planes; so much so that the NHL has ceased to be a farce, becoming rather parody of farce with the leading players not actors, but directors…all wearing striped jerseys!

    • loinstache - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      Oh shut up, Kesler clearly embellished but “professional” cross-checks is simply laughable. Don’t let Kesler’s idiocy absolve cross checking. It was a penalty for a reason, and it was going to get called regardless of Kesler’s shenanigans.

      That said, what the **** happened to you Kesler?

  21. thehighcountrybear - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Play the game much loinsache…much like lacrosse, cross-checking is permitted with reasonable force directed at padded areas. Better still, watch the game much…you clearly have never played the game!

  22. kibblebreath - Apr 16, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Kings defenseman: “I keep telling you, ‘Staple him into the boards’ is just a figure of speech!”

  23. grandpoopah - Apr 16, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Caption: “Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler auditions for the Pittsburgh Penguins”

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