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Will Matt Cooke Have A Target On His Back Tonight In Ottawa?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

But despite his pleas of innocence afterwards, Cooke has twice been suspended for hits to the head, and he did end the career of Boston Bruins centre (and Orleans native) Marc Savard. He has said he's changed his ways, but not everybody is convinced. In fact, most still see him as one of the sneakiest and dirtiest players in the league -- and some saw the Karlsson incident as just another example.

At the same time, he's only settled scores like a man 20 times in his 14-year career, according to hockeyfights.com, and never has he dropped the gloves with a Senator. Chris Neil tried to square off with him later in that Feb. 13 game, but the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder wanted no part of that.

Surely, he won't fight Neil or Matt Kassian or Jared Cowen on Monday, either. But maybe he'd accept a challenge from the 6-foot-2, 212-lb. Smith?

The thing is, as much as fans want retribution, the Senators need the two points more. They can't afford to take a penalty that would leave them at a man disadvantage against the league's second-ranked power play, even if it's missing the injured Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang, who's reportedly fighting an illness.

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Link_Gaetz's avatar

Good journalism!

Let it go, Ottawa. It was an unfortunate accident.

Posted by Link_Gaetz on 04/22/13 at 08:47 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

I love how the Mike Richards hit on Savard has been completely forgotten & also the Sens allowing Savard to play with the concussion/s

Posted by Evilpens on 04/22/13 at 08:53 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

At the same time, he’s only settled scores like a man 20 times in his 14-year career, according to hockeyfights.com, and never has he dropped the gloves with a Senator.

^^ meathead journalism. As if fighting afterwards would make a dirty player less dirty.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/22/13 at 09:20 AM ET

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I love how the Mike Richards hit on Savard has been completely forgotten & also the Sens allowing Savard to play with the concussion/s

The Sens did what now?

Anyway, I don’t see Cooke fighting, nor do I see the Sens going after him, unless the game gets out of hand for either team.

Posted by Chris M on 04/22/13 at 09:23 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Sorry! Bruins! Not a good Night, Bulging Disc/Sciatica kept me from sleeping most of the night confused

Posted by Evilpens on 04/22/13 at 09:36 AM ET

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Hopefully Ottawa will be focused (as they should be) on winning this game and not on extra-curriculars.  And hopefully an interesting match-up won’t degenerate into the kind of ridiculousness that makes everyone look bad. 

But if ridiculousness does happen, the NHL will share a little blame, too.  Someone from the league should have taken Eugene “CSI: Ottawa” Melynk aside long ago and told him politely to stop disseminating his crackpot theories.  And also informed him that if some sort of retribution is sought for an incident that the league (and everyone outside Ottawa) deemed an accident,  that Ottawa will be fined and fined hard.

But we all know that’s not how this league works.  They don’t mind a little mayhem, no matter how stupid it is.  And this is really, jaw-droppingly stupid. 

Posted by Lex Talionis on 04/22/13 at 10:28 AM ET

Lindas1st's avatar

A first round series is looking possible more and more each day.

Posted by Lindas1st from New England on 04/22/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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