from today's Q & A:
who is high on diving penalties
why those fly-guys to Pittsburgh's East
Q: I think Ken Hitchcock's Flyers now lead the league in diving penalties. Oh, the bitter irony.
Bitter? No, that's not quite the way to describe it. How about, "Wildly amusing?" you see, followed up with his initial e-mail by assembling data confirming that, indeed, Philadelphia ranks among the league leaders in diving penalties: As of a few days ago, the Flyers were tied for fourth-most in the NHL, with four.
The irony, of course, is that Philadelphia players, broadcasters and reporters, with at least the tacit endorsement of Hitchcock, have spent considerable time and energy this season smearing Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby as a diver. It was an asinine accusation when it was made initially, and looks all the more absurd now that the Flyers have a 4-2 lead over the Penguins in diving infractions, including a 2-0 edge during head-to-head games. (Konstantin Koltsov, by the way, picked up the Penguins' second diving minor of the season during their 6-3 loss in Washington Wednesday.)