Marian Hossa dive or just another great moment in NHL playoff officiating? (Video)

Marian Hossa dive or just another great moment in NHL playoff officiating? (Video)

In the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Game 1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Niklas Kornwall breathed heavily near the Detroit goal and the sheer force of his lungs knocked Marian Hossa to the ice, drawing a tripping penalty. Or so it would appear:

Red Wings blogger George Malik called Hossa out for this one, and as you’ll see on the post, so did Detroit coach Mike Babcock.

But here’s another thought: Hossa did dive … after the puck. He wasn’t necessarily looking to embellish on this play, based on the replays. He was making a lunging stab at the puck with his stick.

Either way, it was a terrible call, although one that didn’t directly influence the 4-1 final score.

What’s been your opinion of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs officiating? I’d give it a C-plus thus far, with the acknowledgement that Game 6 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals – the Rangers, facing elimination, weren’t shorthanded once in the game – smells the fishiest.