Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien deserves that kind of award.
"He's a good actor," Therrien said when asked about Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood drawing an interference penalty against Petr Sykora that created a late-game skirmish. It was the second such call against the Penguins in the game, the earlier one to Ryan Malone negated a second period power play for Pittsburgh.
"He goes to players and he's diving," Therrien said. "Osgood did the same thing against Dallas under (Mike) Ribeiro. Our team never goes to the goalie, we never did it. We don't target the goalie, but this is -- you want to talk about experience -- he goes to players and knows what to do."
Osgood of course denied he intentionally tried to draw a penalty, although Sykora was livid, saying the league should take a closer look because diving is a punishable offense. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, meanwhile, didn't use the term dive, calling what happened part of "playoff hockey," but added that he thought the incident was pretty obviously outside the rules.
"I don't think he's a guy who purposely stays out of the way of that kind of stuff," Crosby said. "He's trying to draw a penalty, but I think everyone has to be held accountable. If that's a forward and they go down, a ref is calling a penalty if it's obvious. Why not call the same for a goaltender?"