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?