So, Vinny is attempting a wrap-around when Subban gives him a two-hand slash to the wrist area. Lecavalier responds with a 2-hand slash of his own TO THE PADDED PANT LEG of Subban .... who goes down like he has been shot (rolling around etc).
I get why players hate him, and I get why Habs fans love him. He fits the cliche marvelously.
btw-- anyone who has ever put on hockey equipment can tell you that there is a massive amount of padding on the hockey pants (where he got hit).... you simply cannot afford to break your leg there and the padding is there in response ---with the ability to block a 100+mph shot... Vinny might have had vicious intent, but there is NO WAY that Subban felt that slash with anywhere near the impact he implied*.
* by "implied", I actually mean "rolled around like a little *****".
The (typical Habs) thing about it is that BEFORE going for the flop-and-roll he actually lays out a really nasty chop to the wrist area of Lecavalier.
If Vinny had got him in the wrist, then it would have been 100% justified, but to get it in the large pad on the leg is a joke. That is where you wack the guy to tell him you are pissed and he better back off. You are never going to hurt a guy hitting him there.
And, he knows the refs will fall for it, I mean when don't they?
If the league allows guys to embellish injuries, in a climate where an entire city of mushrooms are whining a/b "hockey violence". What can you do?
Worse to me was the Nucks, I forget who the player was, got a love tap from behind and throws himself face first into the boards. Looks up, one ref ignoring him, next ref shaking head no. The guy then gets up and hauls ass to get back in the play.
Add both teams have a great PP. Not hard to figure out what the objective is.
But, if the league is going to allow it, and the refs aren't going to implement diving calls. It's almost as if you're screwed if you don't do it.
But our PP is a/b as effective as hospital gowns are at covering your junk, so, no need to bother.