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Bieksa calls out Thornton, Couture for embellishment, ‘lack of integrity’

May 6, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

Down 0-3 in their opening-round series against the Sharks, the Canucks went on the offensive on Monday.

Defenseman Kevin Bieksa called out San Jose forwards Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, suggesting both were trying to sell calls to officials.

“It’s a lack of integrity,” Bieksa said. “Couture has been snapping his head back. This isn’t my opinion. The evidence is in the video.”

Related: Sharks’ Couture on Sedin whack: ‘I’ll take it all day’ for PP chance

Bieksa also took aim at the pair’s “Canadian-ness,” — you know, the Don Cherry-esque theory where all good Canadian boys play the game honest and never dive to draw penalties — suggesting the Sharks forwards were, for a lack of a better term, frauds.

“Those are two Canadian guys who are supposed to be playing the game with integrity,” Bieksa continued. “Maybe our team has to do more of that.

“Thornton, another so-called Canadian — he gets slashed, takes his glove off, shakes his hand.”

When asked about Bieksa’s comments, head coach Alain Vigneault offered up “we’re the embellishers,” as his reply.

(Note: The comment was dripping with sarcasm. Also, embellishers isn’t a word.)

But staying on the embellishment front, it’s worth noting that Bieksa has gone down this road before.

During the 2011 Western Conference semifinal against Nashville, he warned that diving could damage the game and the reputation of the offending team.

“I know guys will do whatever it takes for a power play to win a game,” he told The Province. “But sometimes they’re crossing that line of integrity.

“I think for the better of the game, for the good of the game we need people to stay on that line and not cross it, and not dive and exaggerate for calls.”

The catch here?

Bieksa was responding to allegations the Canucks were embellishing to draw penalties against the Predators.

  1. joshuakorr - May 6, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    You stay classy Vancouver

    • sanjosecupcrazy - May 6, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      This guy just found a way to be an even bigger douchebag than he was before. Congrats on a new low, loser. Now go make a tee time.

  2. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I love it…pot, meet kettle!

    [ speaking of pot, anyone…? ]

    Say what you will about Bieksa, he’s got a great sense of humour….

  3. elvispocomo - May 6, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Might as well just leave this here:

  4. jovocop1989 - May 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Sigh. – Canucks fan.

  5. nogoodtomedead - May 6, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    What a joke- does this team know why everybody hates them? Ask him about the cheap shot he gave Havlat that he claims to not even remember. Hypocrisy is the worst- tell him to call out his own team.

  6. sjsblitz - May 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Maybe Bieksa should worry about playing better D, since thats Vancouvers biggest flaw right now. Secondly, anyone with Kesler on their team has no right to talk about diving and embellishment. I feel bad for Lu and Schneid for being on a team that is hated by the majority of the NHL fanbase

  7. gramkind - May 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    This will end well… Might as well go all out and troll everyone

  8. 19to77 - May 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    A Canuck would know.

  9. Anna Tan - May 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Now only if the refs were better…

  10. drewsylvania - May 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Man…is Ottawa the only Canadian franchise to *not* act like subhumans this week?

    • dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      why are watching if canadians are subhumans. most players born in canada . if are from philadelphia just read an article about steve carlton refer ro jews with names similar to subhumans . remember to be classy boo santa claus lmao

      • dropthepuckeh - May 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        At least your moniker warns us of your intellect. Or you are 6 years old….

      • bman7206 - May 6, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        Stop playing with the keyboard Helen Keller.

  11. bayarea84 - May 6, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    It just sounds like he wants to put the blame on his team losing on somebody else. Continue talking dude, it’s allllll good.

  12. shutyourfivehole - May 6, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    The Canucks should be embarrassed by last night’s performance. Not the hockey, the acting. Pretty hilarious comments from a guy on the same team as Kesler and Burrows. And how about Kesler trying to hit a guy (Galiardi) in the head with his stick as he is laying on the ice? True sportsmanship, eh Bieksa?

    • nhlidiots - May 8, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      It’s amazing that you only see the bad in other teams yet the sharks are just as bad if not worse at diving and embellishing hits , dives and so forth as the next ! We all love to think are team is perfect but they re not ! You tube thornton diving against Detroit ! Dude get a grip on reality ! The sharks are going to be idiot bettmans pet because they are notorious chokers !

  13. uscthom78 - May 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Those who live in glass houses shall not throw stones.

  14. supercoop8 - May 6, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Wasn’t Bieksa the one that drew a high sticking call in the Cup finals by jolting his head back when Recchi’s stick was in the general area of his face at best??

  15. sharksman - May 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Calls are made and some go your way and some don’t and coming from Mr. I don’t know what play your talking about when I pulled my stick up into his groin. that is pretty funny.
    As I said after the first game it has been a tough and it could have went either way but just because your down in the series is no reason to start the., they are embellishing game doesn’t he remember the two 5 on 3 pp they had last time these tams met ? Oh wait they started this after the first game with the, they cheated remark guess it starts at the guy standing behind the bench
    How about instead of blaming someone else say “we have to play better and score more goals” at least no one would argue with you on that one

  16. sharksman - May 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    oh and its a lack of integrity to fall down but ok to hit someone in the head with a stick ?

  17. 2cucry - May 6, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I know someone must have the Kesler files around here somewhere…

  18. sabatimus - May 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Pretty fricking funny coming from a Canucks player.

  19. sjsharks66 - May 6, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Oh wait, what about the Kesler incident last night? Goes to lay a big hit on Patty and ends up getting a cramp in his vagina. I guess the cure for that was a penalty. Because as soon as it was called, the trainer went back to the bench and he got up to take the faceoff.

  20. theagitator1691 - May 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    For any Canuck to complain about embellishment or diving in any matter is a joke, did he forget about Kesler and Burrows just to name a couple who are on his own team. However now that someone actually spoke up about Thornton and Couture people will realize how pathetic they are. Thornton and Couture are also huge offenders of diving, snapping there heads back or shaking there hand to draw penalties over the past few years it’s about time someone in the league stepped up and called them out because its embarrassing watching hockey players embellish calls to give there team power play’s that could be the difference in a playoff series. But at the same time I really wish officials would just keep there whistle in their pocket and not call weak ass penalties and just let the boys play for goodness sake its Playoff hockey!!!

  21. soro17 - May 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Forget about pots, kettles, etc. Is he right or isn’t he? Judging by the reaction on here, I’d say he is bang on with his assessment.

  22. dumbassgreg - May 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    every team embellishs.give couture credit for admitting it. every game you see multiple players doing it. saw three different players on three different teams have their heads barely grazed they throw head was doughty he is always saying others do it. only team you rarely see embellish is detroit. the difference most fans only see other team.

  23. hockeyflow33 - May 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    I’m speechless

  24. giantsfan155 - May 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    need i say more?

  25. btlpper68 - May 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    I guess u Gota go out with a bang and have an impact on the series somehow

  26. scottybcboy - May 6, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    Interested to know if Bieksa thinks that stick to the head on Couture wasn’t a penalty…….embellished or not, still a high stick and therefore a penalty.

  27. mstrcool - May 6, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    He’s just trying to get under their skin through the media because he can’t get under their skin on the ice. Enjoy your offseason you sad man.

  28. qsnavior - May 6, 2013 at 11:40 PM


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