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Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:15 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz


Late in the third period of Pittsburgh's 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, Penguins forward Matt Cooke was on the receiving end of what appeared to be an elbow to the face from defenseman John Carlson, which you can see in the above video. It was a play that initially went under the radar during the game, and Penguins fans were not happy about it after the fact.

There was no penalty called on the play, and Cooke, it appears, was uninjured as a result of the hit. It also seems that Carlson will not recieve any supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Here's what the league said in a statement sent to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
"The Department of Player Safety's view is that, with barely enough time for one last rush, Carlson was desperate to join that rush. He doesn't even see Cooke coming toward him until the last minute (his view of Cooke is obscured by Ovechkin until the last moment) and he actually cringes to avoid contact if you can pause it when they're a couple of feet apart.

"The worst-looking part of the play is when Carlson flares out his right arm. But he does that as he's past Cooke, in a "get out of my way, I have to get up ice" kind of way."
Of course, one can't help but wonder what the NHL's response would have been had the shoe been on the other foot and it were Cooke delivering a similar hit on Carlson, or any other player.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, however, insisted that Cooke's reputation did not influence the NHL's decision.

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(H/T Pensblog for the video)

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IPCCGOREFRAUD
Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 4, 2011 5:23 pm
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Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2011 9:12 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

"that was as intentional a cheap shot as any cheap shot you'll see all year"




dramatic much? could you not see Carlson actually pull up/slow momentum? come on kids.



Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:05 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

ok, so the fact it was Cooke didn't play into the decision. fine. i'd like to know what did then, because that was as intentional a cheap shot as any cheap shot you'll see all year. anyway, cooke is fine, fortunately, so unward and upward. pens won the game and the caps are a mess.



Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:26 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

How about James Neal getting fined $2500 for an accidental high stick on one of the biggest cheap shot artists in the NHL PK Subban.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 10:29 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

"The Department of Player Safety's view is that, with barely enough time for one last rush, Carlson was desperate to join that rush. He doesn't even see Cooke coming toward him until the last minute (his view of Cooke is obscured by Ovechkin until the last moment) and he actually cringes to avoid contact if you can pause it when they're a couple of feet apart.

"The worst-looking part of the play is when Carlson flares out his right arm. But he does that as he's past Cooke, in a "get out of my way, I have to get up ice" kind of way."

So if your team is rushing up the ice, and you want to join in the rush, headshots are okay.  Even flaring out your arm into the head, no problem.  Yeah right, it was Cooke so no big deal.  If it was Ovichicken getting hit by Cooke, Cooke gets 10 games.  A headshot is a headshot no matter who is throwing it.  This is getting as bad as the freaking NFL, no consistancy, Steelers have been getting hit helmet to helmet, no penalites, no fines, yet if they do one, nailed every time by penalty and fine.  In Clark's case he even gets nailed for shoulder to belly hits too.



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:58 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

Or he is a nobody playing on a shitty team going nowhere.




a team playing like ****? yes. 


a "nobody"? just shows your lack of knowledge of the game. Carlson is a top prospect on the Caps and in the league overall. he isn't a dirty player, moves the puck well and plays solid D.

if your just being inflammatory, i get it. i am the king of inflammatory comments. but if you are serious that Carlson is a bum or no good or whatever just shows that it is you that should stick to Steeler foo-ball.  

i am fairly certain if Carlson tried out for the Pens he is making the starting 6 lineup somewhere.  



Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 7:54 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

Spoken like the true hypocrite that whined about Asham KO'ing the "non-fighter" Beagle a few months back

hope that's not towards me cause i didn't whine about Beagle getting his face re-arranged.



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:32 am
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

i did not see this game live, but after watching the video, the impact of the hit was a shoulder to the side of the head.  Cooke saw it coming and turned away, which was smart.  the follow through of the hit was Carlson pushing Cooke off him with his elbow.  the shoulder hit was definitely to the head, but i don't see it being dirty.  the problem here, especially with the fans is the bias and the inconsistency on these rules infractions, player by player and hit by hit.  i have read that Shanny considers the incident along with the player's history.  it will be interesting to see what Shannahan does with this one.



Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

we all need to put our big boy panties on and let people play the game.
Spoken like the true hypocrite that whined about Asham KO'ing the "non-fighter" Beagle a few months back. Ash took on Erskine, he didn't back down and set up our first goal. That's over among the players now.

Cooke is OK.  No big deal here. We don't care if Carlson gets suspended or not. The Caps suck either way - with Carlson or Without Carlson.  We will take our two points and laugh as the Ravens lose to the Brownies on Sunday. You heard it here.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Carlson likely to avoid punishment for elbow

Face it....the NHL and the NFL hate Pittsburgh now......

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