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Video: Babcock accuses Hossa of diving

May 15, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

Sometimes, it’s not about the joke (or accusation). Instead, it all comes down to the execution.

It’s probably not that noteworthy that Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock accused Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa of diving during the second period of Tuesday’s Game 1 match. The way he did it makes it all worth watching, though:

Naturally, people on the Internet managed to give that gesture the GIF treatment. As you can see, a member of the staff captured it in its mesmerizing glory:



(H/T to CJ Zero.)

  1. sheckyrimshot - May 15, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    he was poppin and lockin that accusation

  2. stakex - May 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    If there is one thing the NHL needs to address, its the amount of diving/embellishment in the game. While not quite to the level of Soccer, its still at a pretty embarrassing level.

    Now I have no problem with Hossa, but this is as clear a dive as you will ever see. Hossa is a strong skater, and a little tap with a stick to the mid-section isn’t close to enough to take his feet out from under him like that. He just felt the stick, and just collapsed. It looked like he lost all power to his legs.

    Its an easy think to stop too. Just call Hossa, and only Hossa, for a dive on the play. If players actually feared getting called for diving/embellishment they would be less likely to be so obvious about it.

    • thesableo - May 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      I have yet to hear a good explanation for why diving penalties are almost never called on their own.

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      To fix that, you fix the reffing. The refs call more consistent penalties and diving goes down. Follow that up by jumping on instances where diving does happen as it’s never going to be perfect where the refs call a penalty real time considering the speed and visual of some of the plays.

    • imleftcoast - May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      That’s a horrible call. If a ref at this point doesn’t see the dive, he shouldn’t be doing any more games this season. Awful.

  3. ashtongronholz8 - May 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Doesn’t look like a dive, he toe picked. Shouldn’t have been a penalty but I don’t hossa was trying anything funny

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Doubt that, even if you toe pick (not that he’s wearing figure skates) you try and get your skates back under you. He sort of did, but then very quickly sprawled to the ice and didn’t look to be getting back up any time soon.

  4. sabatimus - May 15, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    You’re right: I could memorize that gif, I suppose.

    • nicknyhc - May 16, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      Gotta love the journalistic integrity of PHT. Did you know that the Rangers and Bruins played a second round series last year? Neither did I until I read about it on here a minute ago.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    It was a dive. The stick does not even touch Hossa. Not surprised though.

  6. blackhawksdynasty - May 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Idk if it was a dive or not, but I’m tired of seeing it nonetheless. Also tired of the whining and crying by almost EVERYBODY after every game. Just shut up and play….or shut up and coach.

    • stakex - May 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Well the “whining” is a product of forcing coaches and players to give interviews almost the second the leave the ice. Everyone is still fired up from the game, and they are more likely to let their pasion speak then their brain.

    • thesableo - May 16, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Coaches whine more in playoffs, too, probably because they’re going to face the same opponents next game and want the next refs to keep an eye on certain guys.
      Not that I like it. Hossa played a great game- it wasn’t his dive that cost Detroit the win, it was his skill. (Not a Hawks fan, just what I think)

      • imleftcoast - May 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Why is it part of Hossa’s game? I see it as a lack of integrity.

  7. chicagobtech - May 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Was it a dive in that Hossa moved in a diving motion? Yes.

    Did Hossa dive in order to draw a penalty? No. He was making a move to play the puck. It was unfortunate that the ref blew the whistle, as there was no penalty on that play.

    • stakex - May 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Nice try, but thats not true. If he was diving to make a play at the puck… why does he never actually try to make a play at the puck with his stick? He falls on the ice, ignores the puck, and looks at the ref. It was a dive, and there is no room for debate on the play. None.

      • chicagobtech - May 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        I guess you could be right, but only if you didn’t (want to) see Hossa jab out with his right hand when he’s pretty parallel with the ice. Which he does.

    • einjzmolf - May 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM


      Rule 64 – Diving / Embellishment
      64.1 Diving / Embellishment – Any player who blatantly dives,
      embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be
      penalized with a minor penalty under this rule.
      64.2 Minor Penalty – A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who
      attempts to draw a penalty by his actions (“diving / embellishment”).

      go ahead and try it some time!

  8. 13datsyuk13 - May 16, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    I bet a phone call with Shanny and a potential game suspension would clean up the diving in the league. If that were the case the Canucks could keep Loungo and move him to forward when they don’t have enough skaters to field a team. Also, Hossa sucks.

    • alexbaymac - May 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      13datsyuk13- “Also, Hossa sucks.”
      Wow. Still hurting over that? Buddy, he left your team to go to one that was ready to win the cup. And did. Let it go. You make as much sense as people who say “Datsyuk sucks”…because he doesn’t either. They are both amazing players who are on different teams (now). It’s not healthy to hold a grudge this long!
      Your Nucks comment? Yeah, I smiled…that was funny. :-)

      • mathieug79 - May 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        Hossa used to be good….just like Mr. Heatley

      • dfot - May 16, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        No, Hossa does suck.

    • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Thanks goodness the real Datsyuk is much more classy than you.

    • antiqueff - May 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Dumbest comment on the board. Sounds like sour grapes because the Hawks won the game. You should be a Canucks fan. Your whining would fit right in. Perhaps you should look at a players stats before commenting. And the idea you stated about suspensions for diving is so dumb that it doesn’t deserve any further comment.

  9. mikemj - May 16, 2013 at 3:26 AM

    As a Blackhawks fan I’ll admit that Hossa was diving if Red Wings fans will admit that a certain #91 was the godfather of diving and really took diving in the NHL to another level. Federov popularized the dive, basically, because he always got away with it.
    I’d like to see diving be a major penalty. You can still penalize the other gut for hooking, tripping or whatever but give him two minutes and give the embellisher five.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

      When did federov dive against the Blackhawks in a playoff series? Why is someone who hasn’t played for the wings in a decade of relevance right now? I seem you whining about the same thing a couple days ago… its not 1999 anymore. Regardless as a wings fan it’s hard to admit this but Blackhawks are damn good, that team is just a brick house. We looked like a junior team out there especially in the third. If we are going to win any game it will be due to Howard’s performance. We just are not hard on the puck like the hawks. Hossa did look like he was diving but at the same rate I’d rather see some holding calls. I think the high stick on abdelkader should of been called, but it didn’t matter because we got 3 power plays after that and didn’t do a damn thing. No excuse, sometimes calls go your way sometimes they don’t.

  10. comeonnowguys - May 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Wasn’t a dive but it absolutely shouldn’t have been a penalty.

  11. orangandblack - May 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Hossa made it look bad, but lets be honest….EVERY team, has a player or two who dives/embellishes. No exceptions

    • thesableo - May 16, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Yeah, people shouldn’t get too self-righteous when they start pointing fingers. But I think if you criticize your own players for diving you can go ahead and criticize anyone else for doing it.

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2013 at 3:10 PM

        I’ll agree with that.

        Bieksa was chastised recently for his comments about Sharks players, but he’s also openly criticised players on the Canucks and was a part of a group of a handful of players meeting on how to clean up the game in that respect. I don’t fault him for his comments that way at all.

        Homerism is strong in some fans though, so hard to get them to take the rose coloured glasses off.

  12. emperort - May 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    I accuse Detroit of playing worse than Chicago by a mile. Maybe the whole Red Wings team should be investigated for diving . . .

  13. dman1111 - May 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Big game tonite! Will Hossa make it 3 for 3 and dive again tonight?

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