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Setoguchi defends his ‘dive’ against Wings

I didn’t get to see the Devin Setoguchi “dive” until this morning, but I can see where Mike Babcock had a bit of an issue with it. That being said, it’s something you see in hockey all the time, and not just from Setoguchi; players feel a stick by their faces and react as if they were just hit across the head with a 2x4.

Setoguchi isn’t fazed much by the criticism, especially with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock saying, “You are from Western Canada, don’t do that crap.”

Per Chris McCosky of The Detroit News:

“It is what it is,” Setoguchi said. “Emotions get high in the playoffs and people say stuff. But if you’ve watched me through the year, I don’t think I’m considered a diver. I just do my part out there and try to help the team out.”

While I don’t think what Setoguchi did when hit in the face is all that abnormal in hockey, I can see the frustration over missed high stick that left Franzen bloodied. I will say that after the Red Wings took out the NHL’s own team in the first round, those with tin foil hats on their head can sit back down. It’s a missed call, it happens.