We'll preface this by saying that every player in the NHL, and especially the great ones, will embellish plays in an attempt to draw a power play for their teams. Which is to say that a dive doesn't necessarily make one a chronic diver.
With that out of the way: Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks had a beauty of a flop against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 on Sunday night, after this Johan Franzen chop on his shin:
That's Franzen off for slashing and Thornton off for that tremendous bit of embellishment. We haven't seen that level of acting while surrounded by Sharks since Richard Dreyfuss.
Keep in mind the NHL VP of hockey operations Colin Campbell had let it be known that the League is tired of the diving trend in the 2011 Stanley
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