Senators accuse Red Wings of diving ‘like there was water out there’

Through two periods, there was a hefty penalty disparity between the Ottawa Senators and the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

The Senators were whistled for five minors, including the first four of the game, to Detroit’s single minor, a goalie interference call on Dan Cleary. The Wings scored the game’s first goal on the power play, although Ottawa answered with two at even strength in the first en route to a 4-2 win.

Still, the Senators were sour after the game, which featured three 5-on-3 power plays for the Wings, with Pavel Datsyuk converting in the third period on one of them to tie the game.

Sour because they felt the Red Wings were embellishing to draw those calls.

From the Ottawa Sun, goalie Robin Lehner:

“We have to be a little bit more disciplined. We had a few too many penalties, some of them were soft.

“It’s tough on the (officials). I don't think it's their fault. It’s like there was water out there with how much they were diving. I think we’ve just got to take the positives and go to the next game.”

Said winger Clarke MacArthur:

"I don't know if their skate sharpener was broken or what."

Of the four penalties to start the game, three were for hooking and one was for tripping.

It was a little surprising to hear this kind of chatter after a victory, but then again it’s the Senators chirping the Red Wings, a.k.a. the team their former captain believes have a better shot at winning the Cup than they do.

UPDATE: Wings fans are upset about this non-call on Jared Cowen, who appeared to hit Pavel Datsyuk in the head. Datsyuk is expected to miss Sunday's game for the Wings: