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Karlsson unlikely as Cooke, Penguins visit Ottawa tonight

Apr 22, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

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It doesn’t look as though Erik Karlsson will suit up on Monday in a huge game for Ottawa’s playoff chances.

And, depending on who you talk to, an equally huge chance at revenge.

Tonight’s game will mark the first time the Sens and Pens have played since Cooke sliced Karlsson’s Achilles with his skate, an incident that essentially wiped out the defenseman’s season and put Cooke on Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk’s “most wanted” list.

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There might be outrage emanating from the owner’s suite but, on the ice, the Senators seem less hell-bent on revenge.

Tied on points with the eighth-place Rangers (52), Ottawa needs to focus on wins, rather than getting even.

“When it comes to it, it will come to it. We haven’t thought much about that,” forward Zack Smith told the Ottawa Sun about getting revenge on Cooke. “It will be the first matchup since the incident, but at the same time, we’re trying to make the playoffs.

“I don’t think we need that to be a distraction.”

As for the other half of the equation — Karlsson — it sounds as though he’s unlikely to go tonight. Several reporters at the morning skate report the reigning Norris winner is participating, but didn’t take part in all the drills.

Bruce Garrioch of The Sun also notes there didn’t appear to be any changes on Ottawa’s defense pairs, meaning Karlsson would likely be a scratch.

  1. har21441 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Whether or not it’s on their minds now or not (and it is, no matter what lip service they give you) someone is going to fight Cooke early…and given the crying that has come from Ottawa’s front office, I hope with every fiber of my being that Cooke knocks said person out. And if that person could partially tear their achilles while falling over, it would be sweet karma.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      What real piece of sh$t you are

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      How is that karma? It would more likely be karma if Cooke partially tore his Achilles while falling over. Not saying I want that at all but what you’re saying would just be more bad injury luck on the Sens part.

  2. jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    i cant remember the last time cooke fought, its gotta be 2or 3 seasons ago at least. i foresee an after the whistle scrum type mix-up maybe with chris neil but i doubt cooke will square off for a clean fight. not that i think he’s scared, he just hasnt been fighting when the opportunity has presented itself lately. just the other day he turtled when chara came after him…i see the same thing happening tonight.

    • bgrillz - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      He fought in the Boston game after that. Nobody tries to drop the gloves with him. And he didn’t turtle, Chara tackled him lol.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        what are you talking about? he was in the box in the 1st period for a slash i think…that was his only trip. no fight whatsoever, after the chara rough-up there was nothing

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Chara has 9 inches and 50 pounds on Matt Cooke? That’s not turtling, that’s being a sane human being.

  3. gregman98 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    A friendly heads-up Mike:

    Typo in the last sentence: “chances” should read as “changes”.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      You’re quicker at editing than I am. And I had that pretty quick. Good eye, GregMan.

  4. myroncopesflask - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    If Steve Mac is in the lineup tonight I would caution Ottawa to avoid any type of revenge. Big Mac has been known to lose his $hit and attack an entire team. I kind of hope that somebody gets their hands on the meat head Neil.. He is always sneaky dirty vs the Pens but he is willing to drop the gloves. It is also good to know that none of the Pens big guns will be in the lineup.

  5. sens101 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Cooke is a little b****. I would be surprised if he did, he barely ever fights and Neil will eat him alive if it happens. In any event, Im sure Maclean will keep the guys in check tonight. He has done an amazing job this year in keeeping the team focused. We need the two points more than anything so ill be surprised if something drastic happens.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      Cooke is 1/10th the b*tch that Murray is. Neil can tangle with Mac, to keep the fans in Ottawa happy – when Karlsson gets back, he can fight the good fight himself.

  6. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Ottawa Senators Hockey…………Epic Fail

  7. sportsfreak13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    No Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Bennett, Martin, Letang, Fleury for the pens tonight. If Ottawa loses this game it will be really demoralizing for them. That’s 4 top 6 forwards, 2 top 4 defenseman, and the starting goalie all out. Wow.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      hadnt seen fleury on any of the lists…why do you suspect he will be out, did i miss something this morning?

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        His wife is about to give birth so he stayed in Pittsburgh.

      • jpelle82 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        did they bring thiessen or hartzell? would be cool to see hartzell since they signed him for only a 1 year deal last week…get your money’s worth i guess, he probably will be with another organization next year.

      • sportsfreak13 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Hartzell is backing up Vokoun tonight. I really wish he would start too.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        Zatkoff was the first guy up last time and I assume he would be again.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Ha appears sportsfreak13 beat me to it.

        That should be pretty cool then.

  8. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    To be completely honest, I want Ottawa to win this game. I would much rather play the Rangers in the first round and the game is completely meaningless to the Pens. Getting Karlsson back will make Ottawa a lot better than then the Rangers will get if Staal comes back. The Pens have already sealed the conference. Keep all players of value safe in the press box and let Ottawa have the 2 points. Use a 6th skater instead of a goalie for all I care. By losing they’re putting themselves in a better playoff position.

    • myroncopesflask - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Pretty sure the Pens have been leaving all players of value at home for close to a month. It hasn’t meant they are going to give away 2 points to anybody. I understand the concept behind “giving” up the 2 points but the Pens don’t give away anything. The only time in my life that I wanted the pens to lose was 2009 when the won the cup they lost that last regular season game vs the Flyers so they could play them in the 1st round..

  9. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Well, I’m sure if any of Murray’s troops want to go, Bylsma could put MacIntyre in for the evening. I’m sure he didn’t just invite him to make sure the goons in Boston behave themselves around Iggy. This whole thing is so damn dumb. I say they let Karlsson get his own revenge, challenge Cooke like a man, when he returns to the line up. Not to the press, like a chump.

    Karlsson is one of my favorite d-men to watch, but enough crying already. As much as I like him, I’d be rooting for Cooke to connect with his mouth also. Not cheering on an injury, just as a fitting end to what has become a city-wide temper tantrum.

    If Ottawa fans are saying “it’s not Karlsson’s job to fight, he doesn’t have to fight his own battles” then why should Cooke. Neal can fight MacIntyre. And when he gets back, Karlsson can fight Cooke. Be men, not mice.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      I meant Neil – apologies.

  10. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Chris Neil is gutless his face looks like a burnt lemon meringue pie

  11. bosoxfanpeds - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Matt Cooke needs his lights punched out….He’s a cowardly SOB…Can’t wait to play biggest crybabies in the league and beat the snot out of them….To go low like he did against Adam McQuide is such a cheap shot….Take’m out on a stretcher he deserves to beaten into submission…God I hate that B’stard….

  12. thehighcountrybear - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Cooke might not make the game…he’s been asked to reprise his singularly magnificent banjo picking from Deliverance in Deliverance II, the Regressive Gene!

    I wanna hear Matt squeal…

  13. pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Talk all you want about Matt Cooke. Chris Neil is the biggest p@ssy on the ice tonight, Tough guy elbowing someone from behind but afraid to man-up when confronted by MacIntyre. Chrissy should be wearing a skirt tonight.

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