Hockey's Funniest Dives and Fake Injuries
Last time I checked, this wasn't soccer.
Not very often do we see hockey players flopping like fish in the air as they softly fall to the ice. Nor do we see players rolling back and forth in absolute pain.
However, from time to time, some players in hockey believe that diving or faking an injury can draw a penalty to help their team gain a power play.
In some cases, they hurt their team in the worst possible ways.
Sometimes they are quite humorous or even sad to watch, knowing that a player is faking or has embellished a play.
Continue on to see some of hockey's funniest/worst dives and fake injuries in recent memory.
Brad Marchand is still a young player in the NHL, but he's evolved into one of the biggest pests in the league.
Not only can the young winger get under his opponents' skin, he can also score, recording 17 goals and 17 assists for a total of 34 points in 41 games so far this season.
In this particular video from the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs, the initial penalty came to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone.
The refs decided to call Marchand for the dive on this play as well, resulting in two minutes of four-on-four hockey.
Now with the Chicago Blackhawks and currently on the injured reserve list is Dan Carcillo, one of the league's greasiest players.
Carcillo is not afraid to drop the gloves regardless of who the other guy is. This was seen on Jan. 21, 2010, when he laid a beating on non-fighter Marian Gaborik.
Carcillo will also do anything to draw a penalty, which adds to his grease factor. In this particular game against the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 playoffs, Carcillo tries to draw a high-sticking penalty.
The refs got this one right.
The Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows is a solid two way forward putting up 18 goals and 14 assists for a total of 32 points in 47 games so far this season.
Burrows is also well known for diving and faking injuries, as seen in last year's Stanley Cup playoffs.
However, his embellishing ways started long before the Stanley Cup playoffs, as seen in a game against the Nashville Predators in 2010.
Watch as Burrows is hit into the boards by Nashville's Jerred Smithson. Burrows was about to get up, but flopped back down on the ice to draw the penalty.
Smithson would be ejected from the game due to the hit.
Linesmen in the OHL
Even though this is not a dive or an embellishing injury, this is priceless. I figured it would be nice to add this hit to the list.
Sidney Crosby in His Early NHL Years
The concussed goal scorer Sidney Crosby has evolved into a very mature hockey player and role model for the future of hockey.
Despite missing a lot of time due to his concussion, the All-Star center continues to inspire hockey players all over the world.
Despite not being a diver or an embellisher in recent years, earlier on in his NHL career he was well known as a cry baby, diver, embellisher, faker, etc.
On numerous occasions, Crosby would dive to draw penalties and also fake injuries.
The following video is a compilation of dives and fake injuries from his early NHL career.
Note that the following video occurred in just one game. Yes. One game.
Swedish goaltender Jacob Markstrom made a fool of himself in front of the Canadian crowd during the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship Finals.
This game will likely follow Markstrom for the rest of his career.
Canada would go on to capture gold for the fifth straight time by a score of 5-1.
Alex Kovalev would fake injuries on two separate occasions.
The first occurred in the 1995 Stanley Cup playoffs against the New York Rangers. On this particular play, Kovalev went down softly after taking a tap from behind.
Kovalev would stay down, while Nordiques star Joe Sakic scored at the other end. But the goal was disallowed due to Kovalev's embellishment. The Rangers would go on to win the game 3-2 in overtime.
The second fake injury occurred in game four of the 2004 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. However, this time, karma came back to haunt the Russian forward.
After taking a tap on the glove, Kovalev seemingly gave up on the play, resulting in a Bruins overtime victory.
Nice try, Kovalev.
The Dallas Stars' Mike Ribeiro is well known to be the worst faker in the NHL. There have been multiple occurences where the center embellished or faked an injury to try to draw a penalty.
This particular incident actually occurred in the same game in which Kovalev cost the Habs in overtime with his own fake injury.
I guess the Habs didn't do a great job of faking during that game.
Sean Avery's antics have finally earned him a career in doubt after being placed on waivers for the second time this season with the New York Rangers.
Avery currently plays for the Rangers' AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. He's only suited up for 15 NHL games this season, recording just three goals.
Avery will be known as one of the NHL's biggest pests in history, crossing the line on numerous occasions throughout his playing career.
From time to time, Avery was known to dive as well. This particular dive, however, cannot be described by words. The only thing anyone can really do is laugh.
Arguably the biggest pest, bully, faker and enforcer in the history of the NHL, Matthew Barnaby was best known for this act against the Philadelphia Flyers in a 1996 brawl.
No need for an explanation. Just relax and enjoy old time hockey at its best, featuring Barnaby.