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Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:50 am
For anyone who wasn’t watching yesterday’s Bruins-Penguins game in real time, the odds are most hockey fans have heard about the hit by now.  Bruin center and vocal leader Marc Savard was laid out and wheeled off of the ice after a questionable hit by Pens forward Matt Cooke.   I myself don’t have a firm opinion either way.   Could Cooke have held off?   Probably.   But what is the very motto of my profile here?   “Keep your head up.”   Should it be chalked up to another instance of violence that is the great sport of hockey?

Regardless, I can’t help but be reminded of the only NHL player to die on the ice, Bill Masterton.  The NHL has an award which bears his name and recognizes dedication, sportsmanship, and perseverance.  He fell under similar circumstances, but in 1968 there were no helmets.  His head struck the ice and he died two days later.  It goes to show how fragile life truly can be, much like in the case of Chris Henry late last year.

I can clearly see why the hit may be labeled dirty, as it was a blind-side job.  However, shoulder-to-head hits are yet to be outlawed in the NHL.  I’m curious as to other’s take on this, especially Bruins fans.

Category: NHL

Since: Jan 19, 2010
Posted on: April 9, 2010 6:00 pm

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

100% Dirty. 

But 100% Legal.  Its a gap in the rules (now closed), just like when Tucker hip-checked Peca in the knee and blew out his ACL.  They had to change the rule so you can't hip check to the knees because there was nothing in the rulebook to say you couldn't do it.

Of course the ol' Intent to Injure rule is out there...

Too bad the NHL didn't care about Booth, he doesn't play for a big market I guess and doesn't deserve the NHL's attention.  Now his career might be over.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2010 6:22 am

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

No it wasn't dirty and the Boston Bruin supporter Don Cherry should not be allowed to comment on anything against the Bruins, he was just brutal on HNIC.To sound off on a hit that i gotta say i didn't like but it was a player not keeping his head up and a player following though on a hit that wasn't even called a penalty...really Don you looked kinda stupid,there were 4 refs on the ice and NONE of them called a thing.You support fighting in the game so i guess you next rockem sock em will show the bonehead Thorton beating up a NONE fighter in Cook real classless! If Sidney Crosby (Gold Medal winning goal, in case you need reminded U.S.A.) had hit Savard would we still be talking about it YES, it would be on the top 10 hits of the year and remembered as a great hit.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 11:37 am

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

Will be interesting to see if there's retribution tonight..well I know there will be, but hopefully nothing all that bad happens to Crosby.

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: March 18, 2010 2:29 am

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

Was it dirty-technically it wasn't.  Should there be a rule against hits like that?  Of course!  Hockey is just making itself less fun to watch.  It was like football back in the days they didn't wear pads or helmets.  Or in baseball when players didn't use batting helmets, and the spitball wasn't outlawed.

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2010 10:06 pm

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

I don't know why Cooke wears skates. He should have tennis shoes on for all the skill he brings to the game. The hit was a sneaky elbow to Savard's temple; and while Savard is out indefinately , Cooke doesn't miss a game. Why Colin Campbell has a hard-on for the B's is anybodys guess. Let's lace-em up Thursday and see if the Big, Bad Bruins are still out there, as the celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the '70 Stanley Cup Champs.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2010 7:04 am

Hockey: revenge rules

I think the Bruins will decide if it was dirty or not. Their focus on sunday was trying to win the game. but they do play again this month, and Milan Lucic might have his own way of handling it. Go after Cooke for retribution? I'd rather see them go after the Pens best player.....let's keep it fair. How about a similar hit to Crosby or Malkin's heads? I'm not one for dirty play, so I'd like to see Lucic or Thorton just pound Cooke silly. Still, the B's have a tough playoff charge without their leader.

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2010 9:44 pm

I think it was dirty

My opinion is that when a hit directly involves a shot to the head, you put a player's health in grave jeopardy.  I don't know if they are going to suspend Cooke, but it appears as though the hit is eerily similar to the one he laid on Anisimov from the Rangers earlier this year.  If memory serves me correctly, Cooke received a 2 game suspension for that hit.

Believe me, I have no problem with hard hits.  I love when guys get slammed to the boards and open ice hits.  But when you have direct shots being made to players' heads, that's where I draw the line.

Fines and suspensions are commonplace in the NFL and MLB for intentional and sometimes unintentional head injuries.  I don't see why the NHL should act any different.  Then again, Mario once did call this a garage league way back when.

Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:47 am

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

Dirty, cheap, and although there isn't a rule against it... there should be. Plays like that cheapen the game.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2010 7:38 pm

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

Dirty?  Not sure.  Cetainly intentional though (you can clearly see Cooke wheel into Savard after he shoots), not to mention cheap.  What bothers me most is the Bruins failure to retaliate.  They should have put Cooke through the glass.  The Bruins of old would have, but these guys have no heart.

I doubt Cooke will be suspended, Savvy simply isn't a big enough star.  That said, had a Bruins player taken out Crosby that way, you can sure has hell bet a suspension would be handed down.

Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:24 pm

Matt Cooke - dirty or not?

I dont think so. And just a side note youtube recently add captioning on youtube videos using some kind of sound recognition system. When you watch the video turn on the captioning and see what it thinks the announcers are saying.....hilarious(the captioning not the hit)

But more to the point. It was maybe part dirty but hockey is a dirty was more unlucky and shouldnt be punished.

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