He's mad.

There has been a lot of talk of embellishment through this postseason, people sniping back and forth and whatnot, but there has been little distinct evidence. Sure, there are clips we can speculate on, but a play where we can look and say “wow, that was fake” has been lacking to this point.

Enter Steve Bernier.

I’ll happily admit that showmanship is part of the game. My fellow Backhand Shelf analysts have explored the merits of diving over the course of the playoffs — diving is collectively acknowledged as the most widespread form of embellishment. I, however, would argue that the head snap on an alleged high stick has slowly crept up to, if not surpassed, the dive.

On this play, Michael Del Zotto lives dangerously close to the high stick, I’ll admit, but doesn’t appear to make contact with the head of Steve Bernier. Bernier’s reaction is comical and worthy of Ecuadorian First League Soccer. He hops up, reaches to the sky in some sort of interpretive dance maneuver that suggests asking for assistance from the heavens, before coming down to continue his routine.

Take a look.

I’m not one to call someone a faker. But dang, that was poetic. If hockey doesn’t work out for Mr. Bernier, I’m sure many Vancouver Canucks fans would suggest it isn’t, there’s always used car sales for him, because he should have got a commission.

Should the NHL be doing more to cut down on the head snap?

Comments (4)

  1. Send him a letter of reprimand — it’s in the rules:

    64.3 Fines and Suspensions – Regardless if a minor penalty for diving / embellishment is called, Hockey Operations will review game videos and assess fines to players or goalkeepers who dive or embellish a fall or a reaction, or who feign injury. See also Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline. The call on the ice by the Referee is totally independent of supplementary discipline.

    The first such incident during the season will result in a warning letter being sent to the player or goalkeeper. The second such incident will result in a one thousand dollar ($1,000) fine. For a third such incident in the season, the player shall be suspended for one game, pending a telephone conversation with the Director of Hockey Operations. For subsequent violations in the same season, the player’s suspension shall double (i.e. first suspension – one game, second suspension – two games, third suspension – four games, etc.) See also Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

    There no loss of time, it sends a message to all the players and has no downside.

    But, it won’t happen.

  2. That is pretty funny.

  3. That was so obvious it was comical! He even went all the way by skating straight over to the bench to pretend he was checking for blood and wiping his face clean, hahaha! That type of crap doesn’t belong in the NHL, he needs to hang up his skates and go play soccer if he likes doing stuff like that.

  4. That makes up a little for all the cheap shot spearing by Callahan.

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