Someone Edited Joseph Blandisi's Wikipedia Page After His "Performance" Against The Flyers The Other Night
Well, there's a little lesson for you Youngblood. When you turn a nice little whack to the back of the ankle into your best interpretation of a fish out of water then you are going to get mercilessly mocked on the internet. There's ways to draw a penalty, when the play in question is a penalty, without looking like you are auditioning for a role in 'Sniper'. That's just what we call growing pains. You don't just come into the league knowing how to get away with a little gamesmanship. I'm sure Joseph Blandisi just needs a little seasoning before his ability to get under the opponent's skin translates in powerplays instead of coincidental minors.
Here is where I fight a losing battle and try to argue on behalf of Blandisi. What can I say, I am a shameless Devils apologist. Sue me. While this play is absolutely worthy of an embellishment penalty, I am not sure you can say there is a wrong way to react when you take a stiff sticking to the back of the leg. Think about every time you have misstepped and turned your ankle a bit. Isn't your automatic reaction to start limping even if there is no significant amount of pain. The leg is just an area of the body where you tend to overreact when it's put in an unfamiliar, or unorthodox position. Why do you think Cam Newton conceded the Super Bowl by playing hot potato with a loose ball? Leg injuries fucking hurt. That doesn't mean you are free from criticism when a fairly harmless play results in you looking like Jazzy Jeff getting throw out of the house in 'Fresh Prince'. However, I don't think that it was premeditated or that Blando intentionally exaggerated. I think it was instinctual and it happened to look far worse than he anticipated it would. He still deserved two minutes, and quite possibly the fine that is going to be levied down, but I don't think he's anywhere close to joining Brad Marchand or Sidney Crosby on the 'All-NHL Diving Team'.