After watching the NHL playoffs, I am seeing a disturbing trend that is rewarding players for unsportsmanlike conduct. This trend is players fabricating penalties. This is just as bad as players diving. During game 2 in Pittsburgh, there were 2 blatant unsportsmanlike plays performed by Pittsburgh players that lead directly to powerplays. The first call was a high sticking call by Luca Sbisa. The Pittsburgh player's head whipped back like he was hit in the face with a glove and stick. 2 minutes for high sticking. Until you watch the play in slow motion. There was no, zero contact to the players face. During the 3rd period Jordan Staal grabbed Jeff Carter's stick, pulled it up to a position that appeared to be a hook by Carter.
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I realize that at full speed these moves are almost virtually impossible to detect however I have a solution. The NHL should review all calls and players that are deemed to have fabricated calls and produce a report. This report should be published so that all involved (players, coaches, media, referees) know what players are fabricated. This would separate a player like Sidney Crosby (who draws alot of fouls by out working the defender) and a hack that grabs a stick and fabricates a hook. The league could then fine and suspend players that make a habit of this fabrication.
Also TV broadcasters have to stop praising these players for "drawing a penalty" when none actually existed. These dishonorable plays should not rewarded. Players that continue to work and are fouled should be the ones that are rewarded, not the best actors.
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