Tomas Plekanec received two minutes for “embellishing” during the second period of Game 5 on Tuesday. The notoriety has created buzz on Twitter and eventually led to the creation of the #Plekanecing hashtag.
Some say that the Montreal Canadiens are the worst divers in the NHL. Officials finally had enough and called Plekanec. Former official Kerry Fraser made the following statement trying to explain the thought process a referee may have upon making this call:
Plekanec’s embellishment was also worthy of a penalty that should have resulted in an on-ice numerical strength of four aside. Given Plekanec’s blatant overreaction it could even been deemed a ‘stand alone’ embellishment penalty if the ref wanted to send a clear message but I doubt he would receive much support.
The embellishment occurred after he tried to sell a high sticking call despite the stick never actually touching his face.
The hashtag has since gone viral. Michael Hurley, a writer for CBS, tweeted a vine of the incident, clearing showing how ridiculous Plekanec was being:
R.I.P. Plekanec hope he is OK. https://t.co/Pm7z0nS9VB
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) May 26, 2014
Joe Haggerty also made a humorous tweet saying how funny it would be if #Plekanecing went viral.
He has received many photo’s in response, and they have started streaming through the social media world. Here are some pretty great ones:
— Nicholas Pearl (@NickWonderful13) May 28, 2014
— Tom Chartrand (@tomchartrand) May 28, 2014
Many are even getting their animals into it:
— Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) May 28, 2014
A lesson learned. Do not embellish or the hockey world will turn you into a rather awesome joke.