After a chippy loss to Montreal on Monday, Bruins coach Claude Julien came out firing in his postgame press conference, accusing the Canadiens of diving and flopping all over the place. Some of his comments:
"The frustrating thing is that we get 17 minutes into the penalty box when we should have been on the power play. It's as simple as that," said Julien. "It's frustrating because tonight – as everybody saw – there's a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game: the embellishing. Right now they've got over 100 power plays [this season] and it's pretty obvious why.
"We're trying to clean that out of our game, and its got to be done soon. It's not about [Sunday]. It's about the game and the embellishment embarrasses our game. We need to be better than that. It's pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit and throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? If we start calling those penalties for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it. But until we take charge of that it's going to be an issue."
There's more! (This is building to the video above, so I hope you didn't click play yet.)
"You definitely would like to see a lot less embellishment," [Milan] Lucic said. "I know the way that we are as a team, and how we play and the type of people that we are, we don't accept that type of play here in this room. We definitely don't like that. "
OK, now click play. Youtube user MAKAVELI719696 (a Canucks fan, who presumably has no love lost for Boston or Montreal) has edited together this wonderful retort, splicing Julien's comments with footage of the Bruins diving, and setting it all to sweeping music for maximum emotional impact.
(The true genius comes at the 1:45 mark, with the audio of Jack Edwards ranting at Montreal's Roman Hamrlik two years ago being repurposed just for Shawn Thornton.)
Look, every team has players that go down at the drop of the hat. Some more than others. They're infuriating to play against, and invaluable when they draw power plays for your team. Boston and Montreal have a history of dirty play, so diving is extra valuable in games between the two where officials keep their whistles at the ready. Claude Julien's not being a hypocrite, he's just calling attention to it in the hopes his team gets more of the calls next time. Montreal and Boston face each other twice more, and are 1-2 in the Northeast.