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NHL divers, you have been warned

NHL divers, you have been warned

NHL divers, beware.

Your peers want you caught and your names ragged through the mud.

That was the message after a two-day summit in Toronto this week on rules violations.

Coaches, general managers, players and officials were invited to take part in the discussions, which centered around the way NHL games are officiated and the tricks players use to draw penalties.

NHL director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said players made an impassioned plea to embarrass divers by having them identified and placed on a list that is posted in all 30 dressing rooms.

They want to get the list out there, Campbell said. They want the player to be caught, whether it's on the ice by the referee or by us on video. They are all tired of diving. The object is to make them stop eventually and, by doing that, they can get it out there around the league, embarrass them. The referees will know it, too, so the divers don't get the benefit of the doubt.

Under current rules, players who embellish penalties are subject to suspensions and fines but that happens only on rare occasions. Too often referees call two penalties on most diving incidents one on the player who commits the foul and the other on the diver.

Many players believe that only one penalty should be called in those instances. Its either a hook or a dive not both.

I talk about players being smart, they figure out when they can get calls. Thats a concern, said Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, who was among the group of coaches on the panel. I was glad to see the players in the meeting were concerned with it also. It's an area of our game that I think we can clean up.

Players also expressed concern over an increase of interference in the offensive zone, saying defensemen often get away with hold ups that deny forecheckers the chance to get in on their defense partners.

They want no-touch, let him go, Campbell said of the players. Once you're beat, you're beat. That's what they really wanted to hit. No holdups, no interference is what they were heavy on.

What are your thoughts on diving? Has the NHL become too much like professional soccer? And if you could make a divers list, who would be on it? Any Capitals? Join the conversation below.

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

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John Carlson's autograph the finishing touch to a Capitals fan's tattoo sleeve

It's been a long time in the making, but a local Washington fan finally put the finishing touches on his Capitals-themed tattoo sleeve on Thursday.

Maryland-based fan Leah Carey posted a picture of her father's tattooed arm on Twitter, showing off the finished product.

John Carlson is credited with the final assist, as his signature was the last thing Carey's father needed to complete the tattoo collection. He finally got the signaure when Carlson took the time to autograph his arm after a recent practice. Carey then got it tattooed the following day.

In addition to Carlson's autograph, the sleeve includes various Caps' logos over the years, including their Stanley Cup championship crest.

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With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back in the Caps lineup, we look back at his four goals in NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the Caps' Cup run

With Devante Smith-Pelly back with the Capitals following an injury to T.J. Oshie in Game 4, Washington is hoping that DSP will be able to perform similarly to how he did during last year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. With seven goals last postseason, including one in the Stanley Cup-clinching game, Smith-Pelly was a vital part of the Capitals' success.

Before he takes the ice in Game 5 on Saturday night, let's revisit some of those goals that made NBC Sports Washington's Top 20 goals from the 2018 Stanley Cup run.

17. Devante Smith-Pelly's Game 4 goal vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly scored in the first period against the Golden Knights to put the Caps up 3-0 early and secure an eventual 6-3 win for a 3-1 series lead.

14. Smith-Pelly strikes in Game 6 against Columbus

Devante Smith-Pelly's series-clinching tally in Game 6 helped Washington advance to the second round of the 2018 postseason.

13. Smith-Pelly grows the lead in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final vs. Vegas

Devante Smith-Pelly proved to be pretty clutch. He capitalized on a Golden Knights turnover to toss the puck top shelf over Fleury in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

4. Devante Smith-Pelly's game-tying goal in Game 5 against Vegas

About halfway through the third with the Caps down 3-2 in Game 5 of the Cup Final, Devante Smith-Pelly put the puck past Marc-Andre Fleury while falling to tie things up against Vegas.

Enjoyed that little trip to the past? Check out the full Top 20 here.

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