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Matt Cooke Finds A Target In Rick DiPietro

via Darren Pang tweet,

Just watched VIZ of Matt Cooke vs Dipietro ...3 times by Cooke and no fight back from Isles when it happened? Hmmm

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mrfluffy's avatar

Cooke, Avery, Ott…and a few others…why can’t we just ban these d. bags from the game?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 10/16/10 at 05:03 PM ET

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Yeah that was pretty bad, both what Cooke did and also that the Isles would sit their and let it happen.
The 3rd one looked like it might have been an accident, but if I remember correctly it happened shortly after Dipietro was taking whacks at Kunitz’s balls so it was most likely on purpose as well…

Posted by Kstewy16 on 10/16/10 at 05:14 PM ET

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Dipietro is a great actor. Way to play dead three times. Someone get him an Emmy.

Posted by cs6687 on 10/16/10 at 05:14 PM ET

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Cooke is a d-bag, but so are the islanders for letting that happen.

Posted by hiero4life from anywhere i am on 10/16/10 at 05:15 PM ET

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This guy is just a malignant little putz.  I’m sure his own teammates don’t even like him.  Hockey needs to do something about this “style” of play.  It’s like having a relief pitcher who specializes in throwing at guys heads.  Sometimes the “culture” of this game baffles me.

Posted by 13 user names on 10/16/10 at 05:28 PM ET

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Guy is a prick.  Shoving PA Parenteau into DiPietro was an obvious “attempt to injure”.  What a schmuck.  He should be suspended.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 10/16/10 at 05:41 PM ET

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I really love how those Pens announcers are there, trying to paint Cooke as the innocent one. Especially on that third penalty. Cooke was moving far too fast for it to have been “two players fighting for the same piece of ice.”

The Isles, and anyone else who encounters this knucklebrain, needs to knock his lights out on the first sign of trouble from him.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 10/16/10 at 06:11 PM ET

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You can call DiPietro an actor or whatever, but the fact is that every single one of those were penalties on Cooke.  Cooke is a proven *#$%@& who goes out of his way to injure players time and time again.  Comparing him to Avery is an insult to Avery because Avery suckers assholes like Cooke into taking penalties because he knows they will. 

As much as a cancer that Avery may be in the locker room, he is exactly the kind of player on the ice that coaches like.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 10/16/10 at 06:48 PM ET

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The third hit was a dive by DiPietro. He came out and initiated the contact, so forget that one. But the first two? They’re perfect examples of what Cooke is all about (i.e., taking every opportunity he can to try to hurt someone).

Comparing him to Avery, or even Ott, is just wrong. This guy is in a league all his own. And the sooner his “league” is seperated from the National Hockey League, the better it will be for the sport.

Let Cooke start his own league – the ALAAL (Act Like An Ass League). Then a class guy like Dan Bylsma won’t have to worry about what this jackass will do next.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/16/10 at 07:23 PM ET

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I don’t know if there’s intent to injure in any of those plays as much as Cooke just doing his job as an agitator.  I can’t imagine there are a lot of Penguins fans who are happy with their agitator getting caught for three penalties in a game.  For this kind of stuff, there’s not much more to do.  The team’s gotta decide if it’s worth it to have him out on the ice taking penalties.

What exactly are the Islanders supposed to do?  Thanks to the instigator penalty, they can’t send a guy onto the ice to remind Cooke that gooning it up has consequences.  The Isles are trying to win a hockey game, not a pissing match.  If they lose their cool and somebody starts taking swings, we all know Cooke would just turtle and then it would be a 4-on-4 situation, which is the best possible thing to happen to Cooke in that situation.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/16/10 at 07:25 PM ET

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Cooke, Avery,and Ott are all the same player, don’t kid yourself otherwise.  They play on the edge but when they do their jobs effectively, they are serviceable NHL players.  When they cross the line, they usually cross it pretty far (watch the Avery hack and whack from last night).  I’ve watched Mike Richards (and this could go for others, but since the Flyers and Pens are playing now and I just saw one, he will be the example) go out of his way to make big blindside hits, getting himself out of position.  The best part is everyone acts like Cooke was the only reason the new rule was enacted which couldn’t be further from the truth. 

JJ, you are absolutely right.  I want Cooke going to the net.  I want him trying to get in the goalies head.  I also want him to realize that when he has already taken one or two interference penalties, that he should probably watch out for others.  It also hurt that it takes one of the Pens better PKers off the ice.  One of those calls I can understand.  3 is inexcusable.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 10/16/10 at 07:47 PM ET

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Cooke, Ott, Avery are all in the same class: agitator. Cooke was just doing his job, going to the net and trying to get the goalie off his game. However, it was like watching a low-budget Tomas Holmstrom the way Cooke went to the net on the three calls. What I’m surprised at is why the ref just didn’t toss him out of the game after the third call. I mean, three times for goalie interference, something is going on. Nip it in the bud and toss the guy for the game. Then again, the NHL isn’t exactly known for its policy of “escalation prevention so as not to lead to unnecessary, ugly incidents that can in turn lead to injury”. They didn’t suspend Avery for his two slashes on Komisarek so I can’t see them suspending/fining Cooke for his three infractions involving DiPietro.

Posted by Iggy Rules on 10/16/10 at 10:47 PM ET

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No payback from the Isles, but if the call is made - to me - that is it.  You have to focus on making them pay on the PP.

If no call is made, then you need to send a message perhaps - but if the refs are sending the message for you then no point in taking away your PP.

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 10/17/10 at 12:44 AM ET

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Cooke is playing no different than Franzen in front of the net.  Seriously, red wing fans need to quit being so queer.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 10/17/10 at 10:47 AM ET

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Agree with JJ, the Isles can’t retaliate unless they’d rather “send a message” than win the game. So sick of this overly macho attitude that surrounds this sport. It’s a tough and physical game without needing to add thuggery to it. Fighting has a place in the game, but only a fool thinks it solves this type of problem.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/17/10 at 11:09 AM ET

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