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Tortorella: No diving, whining on Canucks

Thursday, 10.24.2013 / 1:32 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Tortorella: No diving, whining on Canucks

NEWARK, N.J. -- The Vancouver Canucks haven't been getting a lot of opportunities to get their slumping power play going and coach John Tortorella has a theory as to why the calls in his team's favor have been so infrequent.

They're tied for the most games played in the NHL with 11, but they're 26th in power play opportunities with 29.

"I know the reputation from the outside looking in, when I wasn't coaching here, everybody outside thought Vancouver dove and did some whining," Tortorella said. "Our team is not going to dive. Our team has already been talked to. We're not going to dive. I don't think there is much whining going on either.

"Now, I'm certainly not trying to accuse the League or the refs of that, but I know there's been a reputation. I've been in the League long enough, and sometimes that hangs around too. I guess it's my chance to say we're going to be an honest team, we're trying to be an honest team, and I hope we get some … calls along the way."

The Canucks have not been called for diving yet this season.

"We don't want to be known as a team that dives," Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "We're too good of a team to be doing that."

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