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VIDEO: Claude Julien’s diving rant inspires hilarious online retort

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Bruins coach Claude Julien decried divers and embellishers in the NHL.

Claude Julien decried embellishers, but failed to mention a significant someone. (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Boston coach Claude Julien stepped onto his soap box following his team’s loss to Montreal on Sunday. But instead of railing about his team’s lack of defensive commitment or his captain’s undisciplined play, Julien had an overarching issue that needed to be brought into focus: diving.

“Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far. Its pretty obvious why. Were trying to clean that out of our game. Its got to be done soon. Because it’s not about tonight. It’s about the game. The embellishment embarrasses our game. Weve got to be better about that. It’s pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? We start calling those things for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it.”

Can’t argue with his point. The Habs were flopping like freshly caught mackerel on the dock. Toe Blake must have been spinning in his grave.

Of course, the Canadiens aren’t the only team that dresses a frequent diver or two. And it didn’t take the cheerful folks of the interwebs long to point that out.

And that, as Shakespeare said, is being hoisted with one’s own petard.

None of that changes the accuracy of his point, of course. Diving is a blight that deserves greater scrutiny from the league.

But we can all rest better knowing that Julien’s genuine concern for the integrity of the game will surely lead him to start the cleanup effort in his own locker room.

  • Published On Mar 04, 2013
  • 2 comments
    RO6
    RO6

    Allan,

    Fan of your work but you can't publish something like this without justifying yourself. First off, the only current Hab I can think of with a history of diving is PK Subban. Others like Maxime Lapierre have moved on. Secondly, at least admit that the Bruins aren't so innocent themselves. Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Shawn Thornton all have a history of diving. On the specific hit that Julien is referring to (Thornton on Subban), Subban doesn't dive, in fact, he gets right back up after looking towards the official for a penalty call (one which wasn't called and shouldn't have been called). Finally, why is there no talk of Marchand crossing the proverbial line? In the latter stages of the game, he was seen live on the broadcast purposely sticking Brandon Prust in the face after a whistle. Looking forward to your response, RO

    NormanR
    NormanR

    There is embellishing and there is attempted embellishing.  Embellishing results in a penalty being called which ought not to have been ... or in a more serious penalty being called than ought to have been.  Attempted embellishing is an effort to embellish which fails.  Unless somebody can find a penalty called on the Bruins Sunday night which ought not to have been called (or a more serious penalty than ought to have been called), the only thing there is to talk about is attempted--failed--embellishment.  There was nothing remotely questionable about any of the penalties on Boston Sunday night.  So what was Claude Julien trying to do?  He was trying to deflect attention away from the fact that his team's style of play threatens more concussions.  And concussions are the single biggest problem facing the NHL today.  What can he do to keep his team from being penalized enough to stop the brutish play?  Complain about embellishing!