Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 05/19/09 at 08:35 PM ET
The headline of the article in the N&O says that Erik Cole and Tuomo Ruutu are “questionable” for Thursday’s game two with Pittsburgh. The text of the article suggests that it’s worse than that. Canes GM Jim Rutherford and head trainer Pete Friesen both said that it “doesn’t look good for either player”.
Both players suffered knee injuries in game one resulting from questionable hits by the Pens. Mark Eaton was not penalized for his play on Ruutu (which some people are wrongly calling a slew foot). Nor was Matt Cooke for his knee on Cole. Neither player will be facing supplemental discipline.
The officials and the league got it wrong with Ovechkin v Gonchar, and they have gotten it wrong with Cooke v Cole. I’m not calling Cooke a dirty player, but the play was very dangerous and it resulted in an injury. If they don’t tighten up their officiating and disciplinary standards, things could get really ugly. Frontier justice is not a pretty thing.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.