May 27, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT
New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault likely doused the flames a bit by claiming his team’s responsibility for Game 4′s eight penalties, but that didn’t stop people from accusing the Montreal Canadiens of embellishing/diving/other mean terms for gaining power plays.
Apparently the Game 5 officials are well-aware of that talk.
In a moment that doesn’t come along very often, Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec received a two-minute embellishment penalty that didn’t come with a corresponding minor for the Rangers. (Typically, an embellishment penalty leads to a 4-on-4 situation rather than a power play.)
The plot thickened when Chris Kreider scored a 4-4 goal on the resulting power play, although some of the controversy may have subsided considering that Rene Bourque gave Montreal a 5-4 lead shortly thereafter.
Regardless, it was quite the spectacle. Check out a montage of how we got to this point:
Here’s the goal that happened on the ensuing power play:
- Zuccarello takes Rangers’ one year, $3.5M deal 16
- Advancement? Leafs sign Booth for one year, $1.1M 14
- Leafs hire 28-year-old stats advocate as assistant GM 27
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 60
- Stars, Roussel agree on four-year, $8 million deal 3
- Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation 60
- Return that toaster: Ovechkin-Kirilenko engagement broken off 52
- Report: Leafs sign Franson to one year, $3.3 million deal 8
- Report: O’Reilly wants $6.7M deal, Avs counter at $5.5M 58
- Report: Blue Jackets, Johansen make ‘significant progress’ toward deal 5
- Kane, Toews could’ve commanded $13.8M cap hits, says agent (83)
- Babcock fires back over allegations that free agents avoid him (77)
- Babcock: Cleary a ‘calculated risk’ after playing last year ‘on one leg’ (70)
- Vanek connected to federal gambling investigation (60)
- NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15 (60)