Listening to Boston sports radio, one would think the Canadians are committing bloody murder in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Montreal is known for getting more than a few calls that go its way when they play at the Bell Centre, but in actuality, Tuesday's game was pretty clean and well-played in my eyes.

Do Boston fans forget the way that Bruins forward Brad Marchand got his reputation in the league?

Marchand is a gritty hard-nosed player, who is aptly nicknamed "the rat" for his, shall we say ... unconventional style of play.

Marchand has been known to bend the rules, but that is fine in the eyes of Bruins fans, so long as he is not in a Montreal sweater. Montreal has long been known as the embellishing type, that will flop on the ice at the slightest hint of contact.

But why do fans around the National Hockey League chastise the Canadians for drawing penalties?

Take a look at basketball, coaches across all levels are instructing their players on how to take a charge ... isn't that the same as a hockey player trying to draw a penalty? I think so.

Across all sports, coaches are teaching their players how to bend the rules a bit to get a slight advantage.

And I, for one, am for clean play, but I would be remiss if I didn't disclose that when I was wrestling in high school, our coach taught us to scramble to the edge of the mat to gain a restart and take a small rest.


Or, when I was taught to slightly bend my upper knuckles and catch my opponent on a cross-face to try and draw blood to get a time-out. Worst case scenario, the referee issues a warning.

But no points were deducted, so what's the harm?

Why would the NHL create a penalty called "embellishing" solely for one team? That tells me a lot of teams are guilty of doing this. Now let's take a look at a poor display of drawing a penalty -- exhibit A: Marchand in the Bruins series first-round win over Detroit.

Oh, Marchand, if you get hit in your left leg, do not fall to the ice and grab your right one.

But that's all right, the referees still stopped play.

And then there is soccer, where faking injury is ingrained in the culture of the sport. Yes, it does get annoying for fans watching the game, but in a lot of instances, teams will do whatever it takes to get even the slightest advantage.

I remember when I was playing football in high school; kickoffs were a prime location for players drawing penalties.

And across all levels of play, players on the return team spin around and turn their backs to the kickoff team in the hopes of drawing a block-in-the-back penalty.

By now, we all know about how pitchers will do anything to try and get a better grip on the baseball.

Michael Pineda blatantly smeared pine tar on his neck, and John Farrell notified the umpire.

In an instance where it was that obvious, I agree that Pineda should've been caught. Catchers often slide their glove inside over the plate in the hope that the umpire will call the pitch a strike, even if the ball was initially off the plate.

Back to the Bruins and Canadians series, Montreal is flat-out outplaying Boston. Montreal goalie Carey Price was on his game in Tuesday's game-three win over Boston, and the Canadian defense is not afraid of blocking shots in front of the net.

I would like to see a little more out of that by Boston, if they want any chance at winning the series.

Boston has had to battle from behind in the first three games of the series, but eventually its luck is going to run out, as we saw Tuesday night in Montreal.

At the time of publication, the results of Thursday night's clash in Montreal was unavailable. The series returns to the TD Garden Saturday, and it could not come at a better time for the Bruins.

Canadians defenseman P.K. Subban has solidified himself as the Boston Bruins' public enemy No. 1. Subban has tallied a combined six points in the last three playoff games.

So, before you criticize Montreal for drawing penalties, take a look across all sports.