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Evander Kane destroys Matt Cooke with one punch

Apr 10, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

Kane.jpgI’m not one who specifically believes in karma, but it does seem that things sometimes just have a way of working themselves out. Ever since Matt Cooke escaped penalty and suspension for ending Marc Savard’s season, it seems fans have just been waiting for when the rest of the NHL gets their payback.

Especially since the Boston Bruins passed up their own chance.

Now, I’m not saying that I would condone another cheap, dirty or dangerous hit on Cooke. But perhaps a good lesson could be learned the hard way.

I never thought it would be Evander Kane that would provide it.

Early in the second period, Kane was along the near boards in his own and passed the puck up ice. Cooke comes by and give Kane a rough shove from behind into the boards; nothing extremely bad but it was enough to rile up Kane. They dropped the gloves, and Kane immediately unleashed a furious right hand that grazed Cooke’s face and into his shoulder pad.

Kane reloaded, and landed the knockout punch of the season.

The officials immediately called for medical assistance as Cooke laid on the ice. A stretcher was brought on on the ice, but Cooke was able to get up and leave under his own power.

You can see video of the ‘fight’ here, complete with a great breakdown of the play by the FSN broadcast team. (H/t to Kukla’s)

We hope Cooke is fine, especially if he has a concussion. I know that sounds odd, but I wish injury on no player.

Not even Todd Bertuzzi.

Maybe Marty McSorley.

Screencap courtesy of FSN SportSouth.

  1. Stupid Sexy Flanders - Apr 11, 2010 at 12:53 AM

    Real classy not taking off the visor Kane.
    Oh and running away from a real fighter (Godard).

  2. Cindy Crybaby - Apr 11, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Real classy Crosby. Running away and not fighting your own fights. Beatch

  3. hooks - Apr 11, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Couldn’t have happend to a nicer guy. Hopefully that bum thinks twice before he goes headhunting/kneechecking again.

  4. gkspartan - Apr 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Love all these Pens fans that claim Kane ducked fighters.. He’s 18 years old, he’s NOT a fighter you morons. That’s probably his second fight of his career. Wake up and look at the video. Cooke, or Cookie , challenged him. I’m pretty sure Cookie has fought way more times than Kane and Kane knocked him OUT… OUT … OUT OUTTTTTTTTTTTTT
    Cookie, Cookie, COOOOOOKIE, you got beat up by an 18 year old kid weighing 20 lbs less than you.. You’re going to be the laughing stock of the league and your team… LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

  5. Larry A - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    Cooke didn’t take his helmet off, Kane did it for him. Took his helmet off and his head along with it

  6. Bob - Apr 12, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Love the fact that he hit Cooke after he was already down and knocked out and nobody talks about that. You want to talk about Cooke being dirty, but don’t complain about someone punching an unconscious man in the head.

  7. Let's Go Buffalo! - Apr 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

    haha cooke always goes for little guys, and the visor doesn’t matter because cooke didn’t get a hit in.
    COOKE GOT OWNED

  8. Billy G - Apr 22, 2010 at 11:37 AM

    fuck all you pens fans. you all have the biggest bandwaggon in NHL history. Matt Cooke is a dirty player and had this coming to him.

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