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Matt Cooke on the receiving end of a dangerous elbow

While the Canucks and Flames were stealing the show, as it were, it turns out that one Matt Cooke received a possibly suspension-worthy elbow in the face from Jamie Benn, as noted by the QMI News Agency's Anthony Vasquez-Peddie:

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn could be looking forward to some quality time in the press box after this nasty check to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke’s head Saturday.

Just seconds into overtime with the score tied 2-2, Benn carried the puck across centre ice and bowled over Cooke with his elbow extended.

It’s safe to say NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will have a good look at this one. Benn would be considered a repeat offender after having been fined $10,000 for a cross-check on Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Jones last March.

As if the hit wasn’t mind-boggling enough, Benn was not penalized on the play.

Here's a clip of the hit, and Cooke is OK:

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Hootinani's avatar

The refs were in fine form all over the league tonight.

Posted by Hootinani on 01/19/14 at 10:54 AM ET

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Horrible hit, but what goes around comes around

Posted by Stza on 01/19/14 at 05:27 PM ET

Paul's avatar

In case anyone was wondering, no discipline for Benn.

from Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

The NHL views this as a protective maneuver, I’m told by the league. Basically, it could have conceivably been a penalty but doesn’t rise to the level of supplemental discipline. Here is the rationale: Considered a defensive contact to the head.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/19/14 at 05:30 PM ET

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