Detroit Red Wings: Dive, Dive, Dive!

chris saccoContributor IJune 8, 2009

DETROIT - MAY 30:  Head coach Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings yells to his team against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game 1 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on May 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Dive, dive, dive!

Inspirational words that probably came out of Mike Babcocks' mouth after being beaten by the Pittsburgh Penguins two games straight.

Seriously, if the people of Detroit that are building our American cars have the business ethics that the Detroit Red Wings have, it would explain why the American car industry is going in the crapper.

In Game Five of the Stanley Cup Finals, when the Pens had their behinds handed to them, the Wings were diving all over the place. Little shots in the legs, and down they went—drawing every call possible, and drawing on the Penguins frustration more and more as the game went on.

The Penguins lost all control and took stupid penalties after the first period, in which they played great. Actually, both teams played great in the first. The game looked as though both teams were going to trade chances and we were going to see another good game.

Then the diving started. 

All year we heard about how tough the Wings were, yet they have backed down from every physical challenge in the postseason.

Oh wait—Zetterberg has gone at it a bit with Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby—that's gutsy. Those two are heavy weights. And Marian Hossa took a shot at Pittsbrugh goal tender Mathieu Garon—another great fighter in the league.

Give me a break. Gary Bettman and Pierre McGuire should be playing for this team. They're about as tough as these guys.

Through the first three rounds, I read numerous articles about bad calls and non-calls that didn't go in the Wings favor. Fans were outraged and claimed that there's some kind of conspiracy. Well, they have nothing to complain about now.

The Wings—despite throwing the moving pick in every game, especially when they are on the power play, and the league supposedly cracking down on interference plays—have only had one interference called on them in the finals.

In the first two games of the finals, the Wings scored four goals against the Penguins, seconds after penalties should have been called on them. Two of them were obstruction penalties that the league said they were trying to get rid of.

Kronwall left his feet again, to hit Malkin, and got away with it, again. Yet, for almost two full games, all the announcers could talk about was a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty that wasn't called on the Penguins in Game Three.

And, the Wings had the nerve to complain to the officials about it.

I said it once before and I will say it again, Ladies in Red.