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No word yet regarding Cory Sarich’s hit on Matt Cooke

Oct 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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After just two games, Pittsburgh Penguins pest Matt Cooke was involved in another head shot. This time around, however, Cooke was the victim.

Calgary Flames defensemen Cory Sarich delivered the hit in question, which many believe qualifies as a an illegal check. Sarich accused Cooke of embellishing the impact, but the NHL shouldn’t just look the other way if something over-the-line happens but a player keeps playing regular shifts.

In fact, considering the way teams are treating “The Quiet Room” like a kind suggestion rather than a hard rule, Cooke’s reaction shouldn’t stop the league from looking at the hit. (If it feels that the check went over the line, of course.)

It’s still relatively early on this Sunday of light action, so it’s possible that Brendan Shanahan will look this over. At this point, there’s no official word regarding any discipline toward Sarich.

Whether you think it’s karma in action or not, an illegal hit is an illegal hit. What do you think, though? Did Sarich make Cooke’s head the principal point of contact? Let us know in the comments.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Oct 9, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    For my money it looks like a legal hit. I’m sure my judgement is questionable, since Savard is still missing from the roster. I did not get the feeling that the head was the intended point of contact, or the primary point of contact, since Sarich kind of ran him over and hit him all over at the same time.

    Personally, if Matt Cooke sees a few bluebirds circling his head I think it’s a good thing. He needs a little payback for the crap he pulled over the last few seasons. What better time to instill a true feeling of remorse than when he’s trying to make a change in his career? I’d be happy if he was “instilled” into retirement.

    • miketoasty - Oct 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Yes so if someone injures someone lets hope he himself gets injured. That logic makes perfect sense.

  2. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle - Oct 9, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Watched it live. Initial impression was that the head was the point of contact. No real way to say if that was the intent though. After seeing all the replays last night, and today again I’ve seen nothing to change my mind.

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