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"I cut out games and watch games of not just me, but games in general with the intent to see body contact and things like that. It's amazing how with a split second either way, hits could be drastically different.
"It's just trying to make the right decisions in your brain before you put yourself in that position."
-Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild. More on Cooke from Chad Graff of the PioneerPress...
The Minnesota Wild certainly played well in forcing the Blackhawks to six games and an overtime period, but Patrick Kane scoring in overtime has become something of a team-killing cliche. With Ryan Suter chasing his check behind the net and Jonas Brodin engaging in a "fly-by," Matt Cooke needed to try to neutralize Kane as a weird bounce off the back-boards got Ilya Bryzgalov moving, and Cooke whiffed, while Kane did not:
The result? A 2-1 OT win for Chicago, who will wait for the winner of the Ducks-Kings series in the Western Conference Finals, and all of one playoff-winning round for Craig Leipold and his $196 million investment in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, though it's assumed that it's all but inevitable that Austrian-turned-Minnesotan Thomas Vanek will sign with the Wild this summer (as ESPN's Craig Custance suggests in an Insider-only entry). I wonder what excuse Leipold will use if or when he tries to lock out the players and fans again?
The Minnesota Wild have pulled two fast ones on the Chicago Blackhawks, utilizing home ice to their advantage (Minnesota's 5-and-0 at home). All of a sudden, the defending Stanley Cup champs have won two consecutive games, as the AP notes:
The Minnesota Wild have turned their home ice into a deafening, discouraging place for opponents to play in the playoffs. For the second straight game, they dominated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
Jason Pominville scored in the second period off the back of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford's skate, and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night to even their Western Conference semifinal at two games apiece.
"It's been fun to play here. I don't know what it is, but we have to find a way to bring that on the road as well," said Jared Spurgeon, whose third-period goal gave the Wild a cushion for the final stretch while the fans cheered and chanted louder and louder.
"They play hard in their building, and they're good in their building, and they check well so it's tough to get momentum in here," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said.
Matt Cooke returned from his seven-game kneeing suspension to give the Wild a jolt, assisting on Justin Fontaine's opening goal, and Nino Niederreiter also scored.
The main topic tonight is the Matt Cooke suspension plus a few other topics...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
Matt Cooke, suspended seven games for injuring Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit Monday night, addressed the media this afternoon.
Cooke didn’t field questions but made an unwritten statement.
“First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could. Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee. It was my intent to finish my check. Playoffs are a hard and physical time and it’s my job to be physical. I’ve led my team in hits in all three games and it’s an intense time. I’ve led my team this year in hits and in this series.
“Since March 20, 2011 (the elbow to Ryan McDonagh that resulted in a 17-game suspension), I’ve been a changed player. I’ve approached the game differently, I think differently about the game. That stats that I’ve collected over those three seasons prove that I’m a changed player and the plays that I make and the plays that I don’t make prove to that point as well. At the end of the day, this situation was not my intent.”
Cooke has until tomorrow night to decide if he will appeal his suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Cooke didn’t respond when I asked if he would.
So however many offences you want to include on Cooke’s rap sheet – and technically, he does not qualify for repeat-offender status because he has no fines or suspensions on his resume the past 18 months – the fact is, he represents a clear and present danger to NHL opponents whenever he is on the ice. The sooner he follows the Patrick Kaletas and Sean Averys of the world into obscurity, the better off everyone will be.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on Cooke.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
In hockey parlance, Cooke’s wires crossed. He was late on the hit, and refused to abandon it. This wasn’t one of those plays where a defenceman is the last man back, and either he takes the puck carrier down or it’s a breakaway. There were three, perhaps four Wild teammates between the puck and the goal, but give the industrious Cooke credit here. He still likes to finish what he starts.
Barrie, the kind of player who actually sells tickets in the National Hockey League, is on the shelf for some period of time. (We won’t believe the Avalanche time line during a playoff series, any more than we’ll buy whatever defence Cooke brings to NHL disciplinarian Stephane Quintal’s office.) And, of course, the NHL Players’ Association will send out a representative or two in defence of Cooke, when what they should be doing is acting on behalf of Barrie and the other 885 union members and hide Cooke’s skates for good.
Of course, we’ve written that before too. It never really changes, does it?
Why should it? Matt Cooke never does.
Adrian Dater of All Thins Avs turns this incident into more about himself, than Cooke...
Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And Stephane Robidas went to the hospital after Ryan Garbutt's knee broke Robidas' leg...Garbutt stayed in the game and scored a goal.
Updating Monica's post:
I guess we can only hope for so long before Matt Cooke does what Matt Cooke does, per USA Today's Kevin Allen:
Key Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie left Monday's game after absorbing a knee-on-knee hit from the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke.
Barrie grabbed his knee after spilling to the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his left leg as he went straight to the dressing room.
The Avalanche announced that he wouldn't return to the game.
Cooke received a two-minute penalty for kneeing.
From SomeHockeyVideos, Ray Ferraro, on the TSN broadcast, told Gord Miller that Barrie said, "I'm done" as he skated by the bench:
Minnesota Wild between the benches analyst takes a high stick from Matt Cooke.
Greenlay provides a selfie below...
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
I talked to Matt Cooke today about Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray meeting at league headquarters yesterday to reportedly present its forensics findings from an investigation into Melnyk’s contention that Cooke intentionally sliced defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate Feb. 13, 2013.
Here is Bruce Garrioch's story from the Ottawa Sun today.
A league source told me that whatever discussion the Sens’ brass had with the league, it won’t affect Cooke retroactively nor the Wild. Cooke played for Pittsburgh at the time of the incident.
Cooke told me of the alleged forensics presentation: “I think it’s really strange. It’s almost a full year ago that it happened. I’ve said this from the beginning and I still say it. It was a complete accident. It’s happened two or three times since with other guys (Toronto’s Dave Bolland severed a tendon from Vancouver’s Zack Kassian in November and a week after the Cooke-Karlsson incident, Winnipeg’s Zach Redmond had an artery in his thigh cut by teammate, former Wild Antti Miettinen, late in a practice at Carolina).”
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:
I really do not enjoy pointing out stories regarding Kaleta, Lapierre and others and I do know the writers have a job to do, but I would rather pointing out names like Datsyuk, Crosby, Stamkos, etc.
There is so much good in this game but it seems the bad grabs the headlines.
Until the NHL, Owners, GMs, coaches and NHLPA start showing some real respect to the fans and the game itself, this is what we get...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Matt Cooke saw Patrick Kaleta waiting for former Sabres teammate Jason Pominville after Monday night’s game in Buffalo, so he decided to introduce himself.
The two players didn’t know each other.
But knowing that Kaleta faced an in-person hearing with Brendan Shanahan the next day, Cooke wanted to let Kaleta know that he knew how he felt.
"I told him, 'I’ve been there, it’s not fun.’ It’s hard," Cooke told ESPN.com Tuesday night after his Minnesota Wild lost 4-1 in Toronto.
The real reason Cooke wanted to say hi was he had a message for him.
"I laid it out there that if he wants to know what I did, I’d gladly talk to him about it," said Cooke, the NHL’s poster boy as proof former repeat offenders can reform....
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“Rugby players beat the heck out of each other for 60 minutes. Punch each other in the face, kick each other with spike shoes, rip each other’s ears off,” Cooke said. “The only rule, when the whistle blows, the game’s over, and you go have a beer together.
“It’s about the game. I was always taught, ‘Don’t let him get you; get him before he gets you.’ It’s you vs. him, like survival of the fittest. But somewhere along the line, our game has changed, and I had to change with it.”
Cooke knows because of his previous indiscretions, it’s impossible to change everybody’s opinion. He’ll have to continue to keep it clean; every shift all eyes are on him. He learned that last season when he was accused of intentionally slicing Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate.
“That’s asinine to think anyone can time that and be that precise with your skate and be that malicious, too,” Orpik said. “That’s not who he is.”
Shero said, “Matt Cooke has changed, and it didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work. You won’t get a lot of sympathizers for Matt Cooke, but if you know the person, what he does to give back to the community and see what he’s been through personally and professionally, this is a great story. It’s amazing where he’s come in two years.”
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
It's not official yet and can't be for another day, at least.
But the evidence is accumulating that Matt Cooke won't be with the Penguins in 2013-14.
Cooke, a blue-collar winger, is on the cusp of unrestricted free agency, and will be eligible to sign with any team Friday.
General manager Ray Shero acknowledged Wednesday evening that precedent strongly suggests that, now that Cooke is about to be free to move on, he almost certainly will do so.
"Most guys, if they get [to unrestricted free agency], there's more money, or they want a change," Shero said.
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.
from Mike Cole of NESN,
Bruins coach Claude Julien was clearly agitated with Cooke’s play, a hit that Julien deemed to be too low.
“It’s pretty obvious that it’s a cheap shot from Cooke,” Julien said. “The typical, same guy. He’s gotta go low and getting a guy right around the knee area and turns his back.
Watch the hit below...
update 2:00pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.
added 2:14PM, below is the video via gwyshynski of Edward's on-air apology.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the forensic investigation into whether the Pittsburgh Penguins’ shift disturber intentionally sliced the Achillies tendon of the club’s top defenceman on Feb. 13 continues, Melnyk won’t speak until the results are complete.
“Look, it’s got nothing to do with settling down,” said Melnyk. “I’ve committed to not say anything about it until we’ve completed everything we need to do, and speak to the league about it.
“I’ll do anything I have to do to protect my players. It’s as simple as that, and that’s exactly what I’m doing there, and after that I can’t really comment.
“It’ll take a couple of months before anything really comes out.”
Melnyk doesn’t believe there will be retribution against Cooke when he arrives here Monday with the Penguins.
“I don’t think so. We don’t care about those kinds of players,” said Melnyk. “They’re not the ones we’re worried about for Pittsburgh. We have to worry about the elite players and that’s what they’re going to be focused on.
“With Matt’s history, he probably gets a tough call on that one. I think that’s unnecessary.I think we all saw the play and know what happened and know that it was an accident. If you ask anyone that understands the game at all, they’ll tell you that it’s pretty hard to try to intentionally do what he did. Unfortunately, his past creeps in and people probably give him a hard time. He’s really tried to clean up the way he plays and I think he’s done a pretty good job with that. His past gives him a tough guy, but he’s made a strong effort of making sure that he’s better.”
-Sidney Crosby on Matt Cooke and the Erik Karlsson injury. Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun has more quotes from the Penguins side, including Cooke himself.
Christine Simpson of Sportnet has a sit-down interview with Matt Cooke.
The interview is almost 20 minutes long and can be viewed below.
The hit was delivered by John Carlson, no call on the play.
thanks ot the pensblog for the pointer…
via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
While even members of the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting up in the press box considered Flames defenceman Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins pest Matt Cooke clean Saturday night during a 5-3 Calgary loss at the Saddledome, hockey operations will offer up tape for a closer look.
It’s tough to argue against the idea of making sure it was clean — even against a guy as polarizing as Cooke — but if every big hit in the league is going to be shipped to Sheriff Shanahan, he’s not going to have much time to himself.
The hit in question was a hard check from Sarich in the second period that looked like it first connected with Cooke’s sternum. Cooke’s head snapped back on the followthrough, but after shaking it off, he joined the scrum when teammates jumped to his defence.
Sarich was not penalized for the hit but did receive a double minor for roughing in the altercation that took place after the hit.
Watch the hit in question below…
Ray Emery (I didn’t realize he attended the Hasek School of stickhandling) turns it over to Matt Cooke.
The rest is history, Pens 4, Hawks 2.
“I always went for the big hit. Whenever I had a chance to hit, I tried to make it as impactful as I could, trying to stay within the rules. The problem with that is there are a lot of situations during that game where that approach didn’t allow for much room for error and in a hurry, things can go bad. That’s only been proven more and more the more I watch video, the more I watch other games, the more I watch other players.”
-Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. More from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun.
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
About 600 miles separated him from his wife, who was lying in a hospital bed at UPMC Mercy, Uptown. She had fallen ill a day after the Winter Classic, another presumed reoccurrence of a kidney infection. Four days later, as her husband — one of the most infamous players in the NHL for his controversial hits — was frantically calling before a game-day breakfast with Penguins teammates in Montreal, Michelle Cooke was dying.
“I get a hold of a doctor, and he says, ‘I think you should come back right now,’ ” Cooke said. “I got there, and they’ve got a chaplain giving her the blessing (for recovery) and our kids are in that room.”
Seven months later, Cooke warmly gripped his wife’s right hand during a lunch at Aviva Brick Oven Pizzeria in Warrendale. He had not played an NHL game in five months and acknowledged the next could be his last — even if he unintentionally hits an opponent in the head.
thanks to a few KK members for pointing out the article...
from the Sporting News,
But like most players of his ilk, Cooke is different off the ice—he is generous, gregarious and has a charity in Vancouver. He was in Altoona, Pa., on Monday to shoot a ceremonial first puck at a minor-league baseball game when The Altoona Mirror caught up with him.
Lemieux is the Penguins’ president, a member Hockey Hall of Fame and Steel City immortal. So Cooke had better live up to his word – and he says he will.
“It’s a mentality, it’s how I’m going to approach the game,’’ Cooke told The Mirror. “And the team has worked hard in supporting me to accomplish these minor tweaks in my game.’‘
“After it happened, I asked Ray and ownership if I could leave for a little while. They were OK with it. Everyone has times in their lives when you need help or you need to talk to somebody. I`ve had the chance to work with some people. I spent a week specifically dealing with those things.”
-Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins on dealing with his style of play. More from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
from Rachel Brady and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Matt Cooke is spending part of his days as a suspended NHL player in front of a video screen, with Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma or one of his assistants, Tony Granato or Todd Reirden.
There, Cooke sits and watches the dirty hits that brought the outrage of the hockey world down on him last month.
The idea, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said, is to bring back a changed man when Cooke returns from his latest suspension that covered the final 10 games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh leads the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round series three games to one, with a chance to close it out Saturday (CBC, noon ET). If the Pens advance, he could be back in action as early as next week.
“The coaches say [to Cooke] you have to be careful with this, be more conscious of this,” Shero said. “I think he wants to change the way things happen for him.”
The hockey headlines this morning are filled with Matt Cooke suspension stories.
In my opinion, what else is there to say about Cooke that hasn’t been said at least 50 times.
So, time to move on, but let’s hope not only has Matt Cooke learned what the NHL will and will not tolerate, but other players as well.
Hard hitting games, yes I am all for them. Game where players attempt to take another one out of the game, nope, don’t even go there with me.
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
Cook suspended by #NHL rest of regular season and 1st round of Stanley Cup play-offs.
TORONTO (March 21, 2011)—Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for delivering an elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in NHL game #1080 yesterday, the National Hockey League announced today. Cooke will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary.
“Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. “This isn’t the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response.”
Cooke’s most recent suspension was for four games on Feb. 9, 2011 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 4:36 of the third period and Cooke was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.
Cooke will miss Pittsburgh’s remaining 10 regular-season games and be ineligible for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Following is a statement from Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero after the National Hockey League ruled today that Penguins forward Matt Cooke will be suspended for the rest of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the playoffs:
He’d be reading quotes like this….
I’d like to have heard Ray Shero’s chat with Cooke after the elbow on McDonagh’s head. Shero loves his players but Cooke is incorrigible.
Cooke is like compulsive gambler who wants to quit his behavior but can’t stop himself when he sees casino. An elbow here, an elbow there.
NHL should throw the book at Cooke, suspend him for rest of season and postseason, then I dare Pens organization to claim foul for result
The Rangers Ryan Mcdonagh was the receipent. He did return to the game while Cooke received five for elbowing, a ten and game misconduct.
note 3:14pm, Changed the video for one with better quality.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
There is actually much to admire in Cooke’s game. He has won a Cup, scored at least 10 goals in nine of the past 10 seasons—he scored 15 last year with essentially no power-play time—and made himself invaluable on the penalty kill. In his first game back from suspension, he cashed in a shorthanded goal in a 3—2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks in Chicago on Feb. 20. (He is tied for the NHL lead with six shorthanded points.) Cooke is an actual player, unlike the Islanders’ Trevor Gillies, who is one of three skaters in the past 10 years to have more than 100 penalty minutes in fewer than 100 minutes of ice time. ...
Cooke might even qualify as an impact player, but his impact is most apparent at the point of contact. With good checks and bad, with hits that stretched rules and in one memorable case rewrote them, Cooke has earned a great living and a poor reputation. He has devastated the careers of star players.
much more but worth a read…
Hockey legend and Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux dropped an unexpected bomb on the New York Islanders and the National Hockey League in the wake of suspensions and fines announced stemming from Friday’s night at the fights between his Pens and the Isles. In short, “Super” Mario whined in print to anyone listening that if the league doesn’t start X, Y and Zing to his liking, he might just take his ball and go home.
Sound familiar? It should, of course, considering this is the guy who once dubbed the NHL a “garage league” in the early nineties, as obstruction was on the rise, and swore he was close to retiring at that time because of it. (He didn’t, remember, not right away anyway and wouldn’t have for some time, if not for illness and injury.)
The game these days, without the hooks and holds that Lemieux once complained of is probably better, as a whole, but there are some who will argue that a little of that here and there, perhaps, might prevent some of the more serious injuries and questionable hits we seem to see every other game now. Case in point, a defenseman in pursuit of the puck in his own end is often a sitting duck for approaching forecheckers these days, with his partner unable to hold up the opponent in any way, shape or form as he once was.
That example carries some weight here only because Lemieux’s comments today centered around player safety, after New York’s Matt Martin suckered Pittsburgh’s Max Talbot and teammate Trevor Gillies took out Eric Tangradi with a head shot/flying fists combo.
One has to wonder, then, a few things:
from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Addressing the media for the first time since the NHL suspended him for four games, Cooke acknowledged Thursday he has met with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma three times this season about not shying away from his physical approach.
Yet Cooke admitted he has, to a degree.
“I’ve altered my game,” Cooke said, a reference to eliminating hits like the one that sidelined Boston center Marc Savard for two months last season. “I’ve had a meeting with the coach for not hitting a guy coming through the middle. There’s a really high risk of being suspended, and I’ve not hit that guy.”
Cooke said he has received support from Penguins ownership and his teammates, but at least one teammate didn’t have a problem with the NHL’s punishment.
“I think it’s fair,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “That’s a dangerous hit.”
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
#NHL news. 4 game suspension for #Pens Matt Cooke.
Missed the hit, watch it here.
TORONTO (February 9, 2011)—Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $87,804.88 for a charging incident involving Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin in NHL game #804 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.
“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision: Cooke delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent; also, he is considered a repeat offender under the League’s supplemental discipline rules,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Cooke was suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
As the second period of last night’s Sabres/Lightning game was nearing a close, anyone trying to get a jump on writing their game story had to feel pretty good about things.
Captain Vincent Lecavalier was putting together a dominant performance, the Bolts had a two-goal lead, goalie Dwayne Roloson looked sharp and entering the third period with a lead has been a near sure thing for this team, 22-1-1 in such a scenario before last night.
Once Thomas Vanek’s 20th goal of the year cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with less than two minutes left in the middle frame, however, a not-so-fast vibe filled the St. Pete Times Forum. That Vanek, a notorious Lightning-killer, started the turn of Buffalo’s tides should be no surprise. That the game got as out of control as it did beyond that, though, should be.
And now, the return of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with some cameo appearances from other games (so as not to overly depress the Lightning faithful):
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14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, charging
14:42 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 5 minutes, fighting
14:42 Columbus Derick Brassard: 2 minutes, roughing
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.
Penalty and Caps score on the PP.
Also, early in the game, and a hit that is getting much hype, Ovechkin put a hit on Malkin.
Not something I would normally point out, but you know, the hype, the hype, the hype untill 1/1/11. Watch it below…
“It’s just a dirty hit. Dirty player. He’s got no respect.”
“I mean, he’s killing a penalty, and he’s coming like that. His only intent was to hurt me with his hands high like that, and I hope they (the NHL) review it.”
“They’re up 5-0, and he cowers away from all our guys. I mean, every guy on our team tried to fight him.”
-Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes on Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins. A bit more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
added video below at 4:26pm...
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
Marc Savard could not be a more pathetic figure during his Boston media meeting earlier this month, discussing post-concussion syndrome.
Without question, Savard’s future hockey-playing career is in grave doubt. His inability to fully suppress tears testified to the depression that engulfs a superior NHL talent. Meanwhile, a fully effective concussion cure remains as elusive as the culprit who thrust Savard into this unenviable state.
Matt Cooke remains a Penguins regular, a human torpedo on the ice, doing “his job.” The Pittsburgh agitator has paid his price in NHL justice while Savard questions whether he will ever have the luxury of taking another turn on a big-league rink.
One wonders if there could have been a better result for both victim and culprit.
-Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal, where you can read more hockey topics.
For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
Guilty until proven innocent.
That is how most opponents treat Matt Cooke. You cannot really blame them. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward is a repeat offender who has earned a reputation for repeatedly stepping over the line. The NHL, in fact, expedited a rule on blindside hits to the head after Cooke concussed a vulnerable Marc Savard with a nasty bodycheck during the regular season.
So when Andrei Markov left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final on Friday with a lower-body injury after being hit by Cooke, the initial reaction was to condemn.
Clean hit but Markov is out with a lower body injury, probably a right knee issue.
First shift for both players, they drop their gloves and go at it.
Hopefully the end of the story.
Both Don and Ron MacLean said the head shot proposal needs to be changed now, not next year.
The Cooke segment starts at the 2:00 minute mark.