Fraser calls out Chris Neil dive against Bruins

In Kerry Fraser’s recent article for TSN.ca he calls out Chris Neil for throwing “himself to the ice in an obvious embellishment attempt to draw a penalty. “

Fraser’s complete analysis of the play is as follows…

7:56 Diving Non Call on Chris Neil (Ott); Shortly after Dennis Seidenbergscored the 4th and ultimate game-winning goal with a centre ice slapshot, Ottawa attempted to draw a power play. Chris Kelly delivered a light, short cross-check shove to the upper arm of Chris Neil as the two players converged at center ice. Neil threw himself to the ice in an obvious embellishment attempt to draw a penalty. This is likely a case where the scrutiny referee O’Rourke might be enduring from the Karlsson diving report resulted in a non-call to Chris Neil. Given the pressure any referee would feel following a highly publicized incident, he would not look to provoke or draw further attention by making a call of this nature; warranted or otherwise. If referee O’Rourke held bias or contempt for the Ottawa Senators, this was a call he could step up and make ultimately rubbing salt in a fresh wound. That is not the case, folks!

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Neil try to sell a play.  Should his integrity as a tough guy be questioned?

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