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Video- Matt Cooke Called For Tripping Alex Ovechkin

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Ovechkin played another shift before the contest expired and appeared fine afterward but Coach Bruce Boudreau didn’t mince words when asked about the hit in his post-game press conference.

“It was Matt Cooke. Need we say more? It’s not like it’s his first rodeo,” Boudreau said. “He’s done it to everybody and then he goes to the ref and says: ‘What did I do?’ He knows damn well what he did. There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s good at it and he knows how to do it. He knows how to pick this stuff. We as a league we still buy into this that oh it was an accidental thing.”

Colleague Greg Schimmel went to the Penguins dressing room afterward and got the Pittsburgh take on the hit by Cooke. Both Cooke and Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma downplayed the contact.

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It’s been a long time since I saw it, but it looked a lot like the Gonchar knee-to-knee to me. I say that as a Caps fan. I’m not super worked up about this one.

Posted by false_cause from DC on 02/06/11 at 07:15 PM ET

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Ovie hs a short memory. Not so much fun when you are on the other end of it

Posted by Randy from Butler PA on 02/06/11 at 07:16 PM ET

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Well, I’m pretty sure he knew what he was doing, and who he was hitting…it looked more like he caught OV on the shinpad.  No whipping action on OV’s knee like we’ve seen before…(OV on Gonchar for example).

Posted by Greg on 02/06/11 at 07:20 PM ET

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Ovie is the player with his leg out as he leaned away from contact.  Cooke’s knee was in front of him with his weight on it,  I stopped the action at the point of contact several times.

Simply ‘much ado ‘bout nothing’, and the result of Ovechkin’s kamikazi hockey style.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 02/06/11 at 07:44 PM ET

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I wouldnt be suprised if Bylsma issued some kind of order for that,
he seems a really skechy dude to me

Posted by edillac from isolation on 02/06/11 at 08:22 PM ET

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Good for gabby.  Cooke is and always has been a total hack - and, unlike Ovechkin, nothing more.  Players like him add nothing to the game.

Posted by Denver Wings on 02/06/11 at 08:54 PM ET

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Its funny. The ref standing right in front of them didnt call the penalty.

Posted by pensfan29 on 02/06/11 at 08:58 PM ET

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Posted by edillac from Rollin’ down the street on 02/06/11 at 05:22 PM ET

Get out of here with that garbage.  What has Bylsma ever said that would make you think that?

Posted by Denver Wings on 02/06/11 at 05:54 PM ET

So basically, as long as you score goals and put up points, you are excused to do whatever you want on the ice?  That makes total sense.

It was the same as the AO-Gonchar knee, so Cooke should get at least a game for it.  You can’t go doing that crap.  Karma probably has it coming for AO anyway, and he was so injured from this knee on knee that he got back up, fought in a scrum, then slowly skated off the ice.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/06/11 at 09:19 PM ET

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So basically, as long as you score goals and put up points, you are excused to do whatever you want on the ice?

Right, because that’s exactly what he said.

Posted by Garth on 02/06/11 at 09:36 PM ET

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It’s exactly what he was implying Garth.  Glad you could contribute in a worthwhile manner.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/06/11 at 10:16 PM ET

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It’s funny, Bertuzzi is dogged for his entire career because of 1 stupid, dangerous thing he did, yet Matt Cooke can attempt to injure players for his entire career and constantly get away with it while everyone looks the other way and pretends he’s actually a hockey player.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/06/11 at 10:37 PM ET

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I gotta say it looks like Cooke was charging Ovechkin and probably should have been called for that.  It was a dangerous play, but not dirty.  As far as any knee contact goes, Ovechkin did that to himself.  If he had squared himself up to Cooke and took the hit his knee would have been fine.  Instead he exposed himself to the contact.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/07/11 at 02:28 AM ET

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Good Lord… it’s like people have never seen a dirty knee before.

Has Ovechkin made dirty hits?  Of course. 
Does that mean when he is hit in a dirty manner by a widely known, notoriously dirty player we should all just say ‘no biggie’?  Stop.

Cooke’s a totally gutless, completely dirty player.  The knee on Ovechkin was dirty, just like his knee on Gonchar was dirty, just like his shoulder on Savard was dirty, just like his forearm on Yandle was dirty.  And that’s just this year.

It makes the Pens fans who defend him and his dangerous, reckless and vicious behavior out on the ice look like a bunch of clueless homers… and considering the piercing howls to high heaven those same fans assuredly screamed when Crosby got decked with a pretty reckless hit, huge hypocrites as well.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 02/07/11 at 06:57 AM ET

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1. Cooke never kneed Gonchar. You’re misreading the comments and getting confused.

2. Good luck finding a Penguins fan that denies that Cooke is dirty. Such a person does not exist.

3. If a Penguin fan does defend Cooke it’s usually from comments like this: “pretends he’s actually a hockey player.” Cooke is an excellent third liner who would be a contributor even if he was clean as a whistle (which he clearly isn’t). That’s why he’s capable of hurting people by ‘accident’ and, say, Raitis Ivanens is not.

4. This knee was intentional and an intent to injure. I was surprised he didn’t get a match penalty. In my world, that’s a five-game suspension. Then again, in my world, Mike Richards gets a year for the Booth hit, illegality be damned.

5. Boudreau is a homer piece of crap. After Cooke took out Lecavalier while a Capital, Brucie’s comment was that Vinnie ‘shouldn’t have stepped in front of a train’.

6. Boudreau is paranoid and crazy. He accused Pittsburgh of calling up Wallace to attack Steckel. Wallace is a plugger, not a goon, Godard is a significantly better fighter than Wallace and was scratched and, if calling up a goon to attack Steckel was on the menu, Jesse Boulerice is under NHL contract, so he would have gotten the call-up and done something retarded if Boudreau’s theory was correct.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/07/11 at 07:17 AM ET

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Cooke is a dirty player who has gotten off easy on a number of occasions… but this isn’t one. Any suspension or fine involved in this thing is strictly a reputation decision.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/07/11 at 11:04 AM ET

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Cooke is an excellent third liner who would be a contributor even if he was clean as a whistle (which he clearly isn’t).

The fact that he isn’t, yet he still gets third line minutes is what’s starting to concern me.

If Cooke has gotten so bad that even Penguins fans can’t deny this, then I’m putting Bylsma and Ray Shero on the hook for his behavior.

Everybody knows he’s dirty, but he keeps getting put on the ice.  Fining and suspending him isn’t doing anything to curb the dirty play (which he would still be a serviceable hockey player if he cut out of his game), so how about the league start fining the coaching and management when Cooke starts running shit like this?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/07/11 at 11:19 AM ET

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2. Good luck finding a Penguins fan that denies that Cooke is dirty. Such a person does not exist.

umm, i am a penguin fan, have been for a long time and i love Matt Cooke and what he brings. 

If Cooke has gotten so bad that even Penguins fans can’t deny this, then I’m putting Bylsma and Ray Shero on the hook for his behavior.

Again, he is a good hockey player.  I did not like the hit on Savard… but other than that one, while he has been a penguin, i have not had any other problems with him as a player or the style of play he brings each night.  Cooke has 23 points so far this season, 10 goals!  That is very nice numbers to compliment the toughness he brings each game.  I was extremely happy to see the penguins re-sign him this offseason.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/07/11 at 12:36 PM ET

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Ovie is the player with his leg out as he leaned away from contact.  Cooke’s knee was in front of him with his weight on it, I stopped the action at the point of contact several times.


I have no idea how this is what you see.

Cooke’s knee is clearly “out” and Ovechkin’s is not.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/07/11 at 12:43 PM ET

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It’s exactly what he was implying Garth.  Glad you could contribute in a worthwhile manner.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/06/11 at 07:16 PM ET

he didn’t imply any such thing.  he explicitly pointed out that Cooke (like Ovechkin) is known for dirty hits, and also that Cooke adds nothing more.  he never said ANYTHING about giving Ovechkin a pass because he puts up points.  that’s something that is in your head that you made up to challenge, for some reason.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/07/11 at 12:46 PM ET

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Again, he is a good hockey player.  I did not like the hit on Savard… but other than that one, while he has been a penguin, i have not had any other problems with him as a player or the style of play he brings each night.

I agree with the good hockey player part and nothing else.

I don’t like players that consistently throw elbows.  I like gritty players and I even like pests.  I just don’t like intent to injure.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/07/11 at 01:37 PM ET

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Looks like a typical Cooke dirty hit to me.  Cooke stuck his leg out.  You’d have to be blind to not see it.

By far not the worst thing COoke’s ever done, but at some point his resume needs to catch up to him.

Posted by Primis on 02/07/11 at 01:48 PM ET

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What you don’t get to see was Cooke coming out of the box after the penalty expired, making a beeline to the bench and flat-out refusing to engage Matt Bradley, who was waiting for him and asking him to dance.  Cooke made contact with him and barely looked back as he went through the bench door.

The hit I don’t mind (Cooke got the penalty and served it).  Not being man enough to stand up for your actions and fight when asked (see: Steckel, David vs. Tim Wallace) is in the same douche canoe class as Sean Avery.

Posted by Right Winger on 02/07/11 at 02:33 PM ET

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Cooke, Avery, and Ott piss me off and don’t bring much to the table when it comes to playing hockey.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 02/07/11 at 05:51 PM ET

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Cooke, Avery, and Ott piss me off and don’t bring much to the table when it comes to playing hockey.

Cooke has 23 points so far this season.  Not sure how you can say he does not bring much to the table.

Holmstrom 22 points
Helm 22 points
Hudler 18 points
Eaves 18 points

I am not going to sit here and say points are everything, because they obviously are not.  But for what Cooke brings “to the table” in team toughness as well as supplying 23 points so far this season, i would say Grade A Filet is what he is bringing to the table for the penguins this season.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/07/11 at 07:35 PM ET

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Cooke, Avery, and Ott piss me off and don’t bring much to the table when it comes to playing hockey.

Cough.

Cooke’s a top-pairing Penalty Killer on the best PK in the league, is on pace for 18 goals and makes less than $2 mil. This is why Bylsma and Shero overlook his dirtiness. He’s a heck of a contributor even without all the nonsense. We’re talking Matt Cooke, here, not Tyson Nash, Vaclav Varada or Ryan Hollweg. He could be a Saint and still crack any lineup in the league.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/07/11 at 07:55 PM ET

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This is why Bylsma and Shero overlook his dirtiness.

And precisely why they should start paying fines for doing as such.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/07/11 at 08:47 PM ET

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Campbell doesn’t even fine Cooke for kneeing or elbowing people, why would he fine Shero or Bylsma? From Bylsma’s perspective, defensemen’s fear of Cooke boarding them on a dump-in helps with the Xs and Os of a cycle.

Incidentally, this same principle regarding Kronwall helps Detroit’s neutral zone forecheck.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/07/11 at 10:03 PM ET

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Incidentally, this same principle regarding Kronwall helps Detroit’s neutral zone forecheck.

Except Kronwall doesn’t elbow, board, slew foot, go knee-to-knee with, or headhunt people.  Most of the mouth-breathers out there can’t even figure out that Kronwall doesn’t leave his feet before contact (which is the VERY important distinction when talking about charging). 

Don’t make this out to be the same thing, because it’s not.  Even trying to compare Kronwall’s style of play to Cooke’s is ridiculous.

Just because Campbell doesn’t have the common goddamn sense to do the right thing doesn’t make it right.  As long as Cooke plays dirty and the management is doing nothing to curb that behavior, there is a problem.  The league tacitly approving of it doesn’t make it a good thing either.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/08/11 at 03:25 AM ET

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