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Watch Matt Cooke hit Barrett Jackman and end up being guilty of having a bad reputation

Jan 25, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

Matt Cooke hasn’t ever been a guy that gets the benefit of the doubt when there’s a questionable play or hit. He’s done enough in his past to make sure that if he’s around when something dastardly goes down, chances are he’s getting booked for it.

Last night in St. Louis, however, Matt Cooke sure seemed to be innocent of any evil wrongdoing when he checked Blues defenseman Barrett Jackman late in the third period. Rather than describe how the play went down, see for yourself courtesy of The Score.

Cooke was given two minutes for boarding late in the third period of a tie game, a brutal penalty to take.

What seems to be the case here, however, is that Jackman appeared to turn himself into the hit and throw himself face-first into the boards. When Cooke goes to deliver the hit, he’s hitting Jackman from the side, but Jackman winds up going face first into the glass. It’s a dubious play at best and at worst it’s a reputation call for Cooke and an embarrassing exaggeration by Jackman to draw a call.

Cooke has been a relative saint this season with just 16 penalty minutes. After a brutal year last season that saw him wind up getting suspended for the end of the regular season and playoffs, he’s cleaned up his game in a big way.

In this instance, however, it shows that reputations are harder to kill than anything.

  1. letangshair - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    matt cooke is the cleanest player in the league. he should win a nobel peace prize.

    • orpikseyes - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:16 AM

      the Lady Byng at least.

    • Ralphie - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      Matt Cooke ended Marc Savard’s promising career with a cheap shot to the head

      Matt Cooke has previously been convicted of asshole-ism in the 1st degree

      In the court of public opinion Matt Cooke is a scumbag

      Hopefully Matt Cooke never gets the benefit of the doubt from the league

      • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        I didn’t know he was the only one to ever end someones career because of a hit, well at least that is the way you make it sound.

    • fthepens - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Maybe he should get Bettmans soiled panties when Crybaby is done with them.

  2. cshearing - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    That’s a pathetic move by Jackman. I thought he was a stand-up guy. You cry wolf like that too much, you eventually get hurt when the refs stop calling it.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    dirty player , dirty city, dirty fans…..just move to Kansas city

    • fthepens - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      That is a great idea, then the crybaby won’t have to travel so far to actually be a captain.

    • djamesbart - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Hey – how are all those guys on your team with headaches? Remember that picture of Pronger in a skirt? Turned out to be an accurate prediction.

      • whlskey - Jan 25, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        This has got to be one of the most ignorant comments I have ever read.. The others aren’t that much better, but this one definitely takes the top spot. I’m not sure whether to congratulate you or send you my condolences.

    • mattcookeforladybyng - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:58 PM

      dirty city? This coming from a Filthy fan? Hahaha. Have you ever actually visited your own city. I’ll take Pittsburgh any day over that refuse collection site you call Philadelphia.

  4. brockohol - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    1. I don’t agree that jackman embelished nor do I believe that hit was a penalty…it was just a hockey play that looked bad.
    2. the penguins were flopping around like wet seals the entire game and the reds kept buying it resulting in a pp goal. at one point malkin looked like he got sniped by a bazooka. so, I don’t feel bad for them, if anything a make up call.
    3. the blues have been on the ass end of some really bad calls late in games this year, particulalry against van when this exact same play resulted in a penalty from a hit on buddies.

    point being, whoever wrote this article is a jackass for trying to call out a guy for diving face first at full speed into the boards

    • letangshair - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

      well thats exactly what he did. your fake tough boys were diving trying to draw a penalty late and they got it and you did nothing with it and lost in the shootout. take your point and cry somewhere else.

    • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      1. Come on, really? Cooke pushed his side and somehow he goes flying face first into the boards? Right.

      2. I don’t think you know what a bazooka is, or seals for that matter.

      3. So because they get screwed over in previous games the calls should change in their favor?

      Finally, you are a jackass for being a Blues fanboi. Case closed.

  5. bcjim - Jan 25, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Eh, one questionable character hitting another… NEXT

    Jackman is underrated for his goonishness.

    • miketoasty - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Not really questionable if you ask me, you don’t get pushed from the side and go face first into the boards, if anything he should have fallen over into them sideways. But yes time to start worrying about the ASG.

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      ABSOLUTELY. He’s been fairly anonymous in STL to this point, but he’s right up there with the goons.

      Karma.

  6. jamesmakesurmomneil - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Obviously the refs are out to get Cookie. Cleary a dive. NHL should cancel this whole weekend and just broadcast a penguins scrimmage. There are more stars inside the penguins locker room on any given day. We can even offer a pens only skills competion, cause we are better at that too.

    • hockinj25 - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      that’s why they are in 5th place

      • djamesbart - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

        5th place … and climbing fast!

  7. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    I think this is a particular situation where it was a no-win for everyone… Cooke,and Jackman.

    Cooke because you can clearly see he’s hitting Jackman from the side and then Jackman turns into the boards drawing the penalty. But the refs already have the whistles half way in their mouths whenever Cooke is on the ice.

    Jackman because he got his face flattened… and for all you people saying that Jackman dove face first on purpose… I have my doubts. That’s a HUGE mental hurdle to get over to say “I’m going to purposefully throw myself face first into a wall.” If you think its not, try right now at home (I hope someone tries that would be awesome).

    • ndrdog - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      I just tried it. It really hurt and no one called a penalty! I’m alone right now so there isn’t anyone else here to call a penalty but still, it really hurt. I didn’t have any hockey gear on either. WAIT, it just went up on the board…….Cooke just got two minutes for boarding me!!!

  8. blacksabbathrulesall - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    That was one of the most embellished hit I have ever seen.
    Cooke got the penalty for who he is and not for what he did.
    Bullshit call for a bullshit team.
    And if the Blues are so good why was half the arena filled with Penguins fans?
    Because they wanted to see what a real franchise that actually wins titles looked like.

  9. t16rich - Jan 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Thats clean. Jackmans shoulder is what Cooke pushed and Jackman twisted against the hit towards the boards. I hate Cooke but this is clean.

  10. danlorentz - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Cooke doesn’t play the puck at all. Jackman doesn’t turn into the boards, he follows the puck and is turning to make a play in the other direction. Cooke didn’t have his stick on the ice to even play the puck. While it was an ill-advised play by Jackman it wasn’t a dive and Cooke is responsible for avoiding contact there.

    • podevil - Jan 25, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      That is a bunch of crap! When did Matt Cooke ever try to avoid contact!

    • canuckdude82 - Jan 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      You do understand the concept of a bodycheck right ? “Cooke doesn’t play the puck at all” is easily explained as you remove the player from the puck AND THEN play it. Hope that explains it for you.

  11. whatswellydoing - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    It doesn’t look like a dive or a dirty hit to me. Just a hit gone wrong. I don’t think anyone is willing to smash their face into the board like that on purpose. But that’s just my opinion.

  12. mattcookeforladybyng - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Jackman is a jackass! He should be suspended and the coach should be too. It appeared to me, as I watched this game, that the Blues players were being taught to fly head first into the boards any time an opposing player even thought about touching them. I questioned this after the first penalty by a Penguin player when the Blues player went harder into the boards than he should have from the hit. This type of behavior will lead to more injuries as refs wise up to the antics of weak players and coaches. After they do, they will hesitate to make a call and players will take full advantage of that

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      To be far, he was a jackass before the play happened. And had the play never happened, he’d still be a jackass.

  13. pdmjr - Jan 25, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    If Cooke really wanted to hurt Jackman he’d still be lying there in a pool of blood

    The fat fart that coaches the Blues teaches that shit, sooner or later the players get enough of Hitchcock
    and start not dong what he wants. Then he gets fired, sits a while then comes back to some other desperate team

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