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Unusual sight: Plekanec gets embellishment penalty, opens door for Rangers PP goal

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:

  1. joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Good for the ref who made that call, and happy the Rangers scored during this penalty.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - May 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      No call for the high stick that caused the embellishment? Weak, really weak.

      • nunan - May 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

        Are you being sarcastic? Since when do they call high sticking when the stick doesn’t touch the player? The stick being up high doesn’t mean the ref blows the whistle. There would be 40 whistles a game. Right call was made.

      • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

        Good non call.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - May 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM


      • johnstone17 - May 28, 2014 at 5:38 AM

        HUH? He never touched him with the stick.

      • nunan - May 28, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        We’ll let you just look at all your thumbs down and figure out what’s ‘weak’..Great call…maybe the best I’ve seen.

    • desertfan - May 28, 2014 at 6:24 AM

      This is a crisis.
      If they don’t stop this NOW we are going to become the National Hockey Soccer League.
      That was the worst I have ever seen.
      Montreal should have received at least a double minor or even a 5 minute major for that foolishness.

  2. bucrightoff - May 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Nice to see, now call it all the time.

    • stakex - May 27, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      They won’t. This is the token embellishment call…. odds are you won’t see it again unless its REALLY bad.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      I think he broke his jaw on that play he will need surgery but be back with the JAW PROTECTOR HELMET

      • infectorman - May 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        Weak, Elmer, really weak.

        Hab’s are the King Thespians of the NHL, bar none

  3. bigdaddy44 - May 27, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    The refs finally get it right on the Plekanec embellishment, then completely f__k up on the Pouliot penalty, buying Subban’s dive. The league needs to review embellishment postgame, issue increasing fines for each offense, leading to eventual suspensions. Subban would miss three quarters of the season. The Candiens would all be broke and the team would be using 10 AHL players halfway into the season.

    • puckluckpost - May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      Subban is making a fool out of himself and a mockery of officiating in general. Sad, sorry act.

  4. stakex - May 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Its about damn time. Everyone sells calls from time to time, but the amount of out right acting going on from Montreal in the last couple games was sickening. The only sad part is that right after this the ref allowed Subban to get away with a near equally bad dive.

    There shouldn’t be any controversy either. The stick didn’t even appear to touch Plekanec, and it sure as hell never touched his face…. yet he continued to sell that it did all the way to the bench. If that’s not embellishment, I don’t know what is.

    • dropthepuckeh - May 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      They do it all the time not just the past couple of games. Montreal is notorious for this and they smugly think they are smarter than everyone because more often than not they get away with it. What happened to the “shame” list that was supposed to be posted around the league? Might as well post the entire Habs roster all year.

      • pepper2011 - May 28, 2014 at 10:01 AM

        The weird thing is; I thought they got away from this against the Bruins. They did it some, but when it seemed to fail in games 3 & 4; they moved away from it. I thought Weise and Gallagher were the only real offenders; I guess Bournival and Subban a bit too, but nothing too bad.

        I am a firm believer that there is a difference between making a call up/diving, and putting yourself in a vulnerable position, so that a light tap will bring you down. All teams will do that. Not all teams outright dive.

        Krejci and Smith both sell out, and make it so a strong gust will bring them down, and I don’t like it, but it’s better than the Plekanec play and whoever Moore crosschecked where they outright flail. Example – the cross check – smith would have put himself off balance and been on his toes so he went down, but he wouldn’t have jumped down.

        I guess It wasn’t as frustrating as I was expecting. It was nothing like this series. I didn’t have that sick to my stomach feeling that I usually get when watching the Habs play.

        They really did seem out to prove they weren’t “that” type of team. I thought they played some of the best hockey I’d seen them play. They skated through things, and smothered the Bruins. They frustrated them by straddling the line, but never really crossing it, or at least making it as apparent as they are now.

        The Habs D does hold on just about every play. I am glad they started to call it.

        Finish ’em Rangers, Finish them!

    • hockeyflow33 - May 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      I completely disagree….this is how the Canadiens have been for decades.

  5. ironyisadeadscene - May 27, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Pathetic….as always

  6. nflnhlrulznbasux - May 27, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    I hate when they call embellishment penalllll…….whoooaa!!, my wife just hit me in the head with the broom, I’m calling the police……now where’s the ketchup bottle?

  7. nicknyhc - May 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    This game and game 3 were the two most infuriating games I’ve ever watched as a Rangers fan. EVER. In 20 years.

    The officiating and diving is UNREAL.

    • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Henrik’s bad play, and Tokarski’s big saves, and your take away is unreal officiating and diving.

      How about Kreider’s dumb penalty at the start of the game? Or, Gorges dumb penalty? How about the late hit on Weise?

      • nicknyhc - May 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Prust gets no penalty on the Stepan hit, but Moore gets 5 for this?


        Diving and whining in between games. This Habs team is unbearable.

      • joey4id - May 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Don’t watch it then. Primary point of contact was to the head. 5 minutes is the absolute right call. Like AV said, 4 refs missed the hit on Stepan. The system worked. After video review the league deservedly suspended Prust. Stop your whining.

      • johnstone17 - May 28, 2014 at 5:40 AM

        Krieder lost his edge pulling up or he could have destroyed Subban & taken a penalty for the hit.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - May 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      This is exactly how I felt as a Lightning fan. Just be happy that your team has reacted much better than ours, and that you haven’t had a clear goal stolen from you by a ref from Quebec yet either.

  8. gallyhatch - May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Peter said it best.

  9. muckleflugga - May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    speaking of embellishment … what did they put in st. louis’ skates when he went for repair, helium

    you look at the guy cross-eyed and he hits the deck … he’s not alone

    play like men boys, when you travel west there will be less need for embellishment … dive, they make the penalty count next time around

  10. cheetah440 - May 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Montreal really is an embarrassment to Professional Hockey. Just shameful.

    • thesportsjudge - May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      The NHL is just as guilty for allowing them to get away with it.

      • cheetah440 - May 28, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        agreed. The NHL needs to hand down SERIOUS suspensions and fines based on replay. Can’t blame the refs, hard to catch real time….The only way louts like the CanadiEns will stop this pathetic behavior. And it is pathetic. Time after time just blatant diving and embellishing.

  11. hawkeedawg - May 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Careful NYR fans, your team is getting you so frustrated you are whining as much as Habs fans. Game plan, stay out of box, 22 seconds in, a penalty to your disciplined team.

    The zebra did not cost you the game, the play of Lundqvist and half of the Rangers team lost this game.

    Oh yeah, who is having to Disciplinary hearings, right… two Rangers players, cheap head shot and a head but. Enjoy your suspensions, maybe a third with Dorsett.

    You better stop your whining, quite possibly in 2 games, you will all disappear from this site.

    • dirtyharry1971mom - May 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      or quite possibly, the other way around!..then you guys can jump on the LA or CHI bandwagon….

  12. ironmd778 - May 28, 2014 at 4:17 AM

    It’s the Montreal way.

  13. charastein - May 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Rangers, please, send the Habs packing for the summer. Their brand of hockey is a complete disgrace. Diving and embellishing should not be rewarded…

    It’s pathetic that the Habs need the refs to keep them competitive.

  14. njadvocate111 - May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Subban is an absolute embarrassment to the game and those who have played it the right way before him. He plays like he’s always the victim, I know that it commonplace up there but its still embarrassing to watch.If he was that good he wouldn’t have been Skyping during the gold medal game.

  15. ballistictrajectory - May 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Did St. Louis get arrested? Were the police even called?

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