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James Neal's dive elicits a NSFW response from NHL ref

Following Monday's game between the Predators and Bruins, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's a subsection in the NHL rule book that permits the referee to cuss out a player guilty of diving/embellishment.

Who are the NHL's biggest diving/embellishment offenders?

Brett Connolly of the Boston Bruins, left, defends James Neal of the Nashville Predators during the first period on Monday in Boston. Neal drew the ire of referee Tim Peel and earned a diving/embellishment call in the game. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

While it's generally considered a good thing when an NHL player can draw a penalty for his team, attempting to do so through diving or embellishment is forbidden.

Rule No. 64 states that "Any player who blatantly dives, embellishes a fall or a reaction, or who feigns an injury shall be penalized with a minor penalty."

Following Monday's game between the Predators and Bruins in Boston, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's a subsection that permits the referee to cuss out the offending player.

In the video below you can hear ref Tim Peel relaying to Neal that he's going to the penalty box:

Warning: Strong language


Neal has had his share of diving/embellishment infractions through his career, and was actually the first to be fined when the rule was introduced last season.



But is Neal the biggest offender currently playing in the NHL?

We've compiled a few non-Neal candidates for your consideration:


The Red Wings' Teemu Pulkkinen has the dubious distinction of being the first player to be fined for embellishment this season, picking up a warning against the Canucks and taking a second penalty against the Stars.


P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens was fined a total of $5,000 following three separate diving penalties last season. Here is one of those incidents, against the Rangers:


Alex Ovechkin has not been fined for diving, but does have a bit of a track record. He got into a war of words with the Ducks' Ryan Gezlaf last season, after Getzlaf criticized the Russian sniper for flopping. Ovie said the accusations stemmed from Getzlaf's jealously over his, ahem, hair.

"I have hair, [Getzlaf] don't have hair," Ovechkin told reporters.

Well, okay, but there was also this incident against the Habs:


It's not only the forwards and defencemen guilty of "selling" a call. Goalie Michal Neuvirth was fined last season for this flop:



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