New Jersey Devils rookie Joseph Blandisi has played well since a mid-January call up from the AHL. In his past 16 games, he’s scored five goals and 12 points and has been an effective third-line winger for the Devils. Not as effective, though, was his dive in the first period of Tuesday’s game against the Flyers.
Blandisi attempted to sell a slash from Andrew MacDonald— one that was already being called — by leaping into the air and coming crashing down to the ice. Blandisi then stayed down on the ice, but was able to get himself up off of the ice in time to head to the penalty box to serve his embellishment penalty:
After the game, Blandisi admitted he dove and said he felt bad about selling the call the way he did.
"I never got swung at like that before, but I guess I could've done something to avoid that penalty," Blandisi told NorthJersey.com’s Rich Chere. "Just take it. Think about it before I go to the ground. I guess maybe I wanted to make sure the ref saw it and I took it too far.”
Tuesday’s call was the first time Blandisi has been called for diving in his young NHL career.
The league doesn’t make public the warnings they deliver to players who have been tagged for their first diving offense. However, if this is deemed to be Blandisi’s second infraction, he could be facing a $2,000 fine. And if Blandisi hasn’t been given a warning from the league yet, he certainly drew one now.