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Video: Mike Milbury unloads on Matt Cooke

Apr 22, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

There’s still time left in the Pittsburgh Penguins-Ottawa Senators game on Monday, but so far, Matt Cooke has managed to avoid what Mike Milbury called “vigilante justice.” To some extent, such code-enforcing might have to come on an evening that means less to the Senators.

Either way, Cooke has made his fair share of critics and enemies. Milbury doesn’t seem to approve of the Penguins agitator, as you can see from the video below:

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  1. pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Who cares. Mike Milbury’s a doichebag who beats up kids.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      I bet he knows how to spell though

      • pens5829 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Didn’t realize you we’re grading posts? Sorry. I’ll check my iPad next time just for you.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        @hockeyflow33: personally I wouldn’t put any money on that.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Maybe I’m incorrect but before attempting to chirp someone and carrying on false accusations that had no merit, you should check your spelling.

        You’re also lying about using your iPad because that autocorrects your spelling….nice try though chief.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM

        You ARE incorrect. Milbury needs to shut his anti-Pens mouth. He is very much a douchebag, and has a job with NBC simply because NBC hasn’t pieced together yet that he is a incredulous sack of sh*t that merits respect from NO ONE, not for his hockey playing career, not for his coaching career, not as a GM, and certainly not for his colorful analysis.

      • elvispocomo - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Sort of like some people know how to punctuate, using periods? We should all be able to agree that Milbury’s an idiot.

      • pens5829 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM

        By the way. Is your team in the playoffs?

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        Yes, the Bruins are currently in 2nd place. I don’t think they’ll make it far but they are in the playoffs regardless.

  2. jj9979 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    how does this idiot even have a job still?

    terrible hockey “resume”

    child abuser

    general idiot

    • upyoursnfu - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Does horrible GM fall under terrible hockey resume or general idiot?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      He’s the anti-Pens. The better the Pens get, there are those that hate them just because they are good. 29 other teams out there, and many bitter fans. Milbury connects with those people, not by using facts or stats or even well organized thoughts, but with hate and spite and ignorance and foul-smelling ogre breath.

      Milbury’s mom should beat him with a pipe. Late is better than never.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Wait, Millbury is saying something degrading and hateful about something related to the Penguins!?

    What gives? He’s always been such a fan!

  4. bubblehead22 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Really, didn’t a 14 year old boy call him out. Imagine that clown calling a player dirty? Does he forget how he played? NBC GET RID OF HIM!

  5. nepo784 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Cooke is a piece of trash

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Don’t let the thumb system fool you, everyone agrees. Most of the Penguins and Flyers fans have multiple accounts and reload pages to gain additional thumbs.

      • cweez2 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Most of us have better things to do. Creating dummy accounts? Seriously?

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

        Yes, most people do.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

        You have more than one account? Quit telling yourself that everyone else is doing it, or that you’re just doing what everyone else did first. YOU are the problem here, homie….pick a personality and roll with it.

        God only knows what you’d do with your extra thumbs if you had them in real life.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM

        Nope. I’m also not your homie or bro so calm down dude.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Cooke WAS a piece of trash. He’s cleaned up his game a lot and he had nothing to answer for in this game. Good for him not getting suckered in and taking a dumb penalty.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Cooke for Masterton! He’s the best. He was the cleanest player in the game yesterday, and it does my heart good to watch a lesser hockey team try to get under his honorable skin but he wouldn’t let them!

      COOKE FOR MASTERON!

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        Masterton, even.

  6. 2jivecrew - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    And yet Milbury would never have the stones to say any of this to Cooke’s face for fear of imminent death. Not like Cooke should have to fight anyway, anybody with a half a brain can see it was an accident. Newsflash: people get hurt in contact sports, especially when their method of transportation are essentially two razors on the ice. A wonder it doesn’t happen far more often.

    Oh and i’m still waiting for the results of that “forensic investigation”. LOL

  7. papamcgin - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    You know it’s bad when JR is the voice of reason

  8. 2jivecrew - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Oh yeah, and how many Penguins players has Neil backed down from tonight? Pretty much everybody bigger than he is. Your classic bully with no actual fight skills.

  9. ragingyinzer - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Is this the same Mike Milbury who told his Bruins team to take “every cheap shot they can” against the Penguins’ top players in the ’91 Conference Finals? Thought so.

    • pens919209 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      I believe it’s also the same Milbury who called Bob Johnson the “professor of goonism.”

      • cweez2 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        That’s got a nice ring to it.

  10. ragingyinzer - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Hey Ottawa Senators:

    “Boo!”

    – Matt Cooke

  11. crashtheboards55 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Those comments from Assbury are the exact reason that people look at the NHL as a garage league. I mean the NFL brought the hammer down on anyone for bounty talk. Now you have an owner saying take matt cooke out and nothing happens. Then on a national broadcast you have a “tough” guy like milbury talking about vigilante justice on a complete accident and freak injury. Why not call Neil out for taking on anyone smaller than him? I surprised milbury hasn’t ripped the penguins for not goin after orpik for takkng the shot that skipped off of a stick and broke crosby’s jaw. These are the good ol boys of hockey that the sport doesn’t need.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      He actually was a really tough NHL defensemen in his day. You can call him out for being outspoken or a terrible GM but to act like he wasn’t tough is ignorant.

      • crashtheboards55 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        He was a tough player in his day. But his comments are just ridiculous. They are casting a bad light on the league and its guys like him who think fighting for no reason is the answer. What I meant by tough was he is all about fighting as an end all cure. He does not think and I do admire his passion for the game. He just creates such a terrible image for the league.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:14 AM

        Everyone agrees with fighting in the league, no one leaves their seat or changes the channel when a fight is on. And as someone who plays the game, fighting is integral to the sport.

  12. hockeyflow33 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Uhoh, a negative Penguins story, prepare for the whiniest fanbase in the US to start crying.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Only whining in this post was done by the guy in the video… and now you too.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:18 AM

        No whining by me, just a fact. Don’t worry though, no matter how hard your fanbase tries, you’ll never be able to beat out the Canadiens.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      How many idiotic statements can you make in one convo string? Let’s see….ok go!

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        I’m trying to catch up to you but I don’t think it will every happen

  13. malkinrulez - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I could care less what Mulberry has to say. Pens keep Rollin’ !

  14. steelpenbucs87 - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    The hit on McQuaid was a clean hip check – not so sure what got Milbury so riled up about that. What’s he supposed to do – try to go high on the much larger man?

    Jeez Milbury change the record already.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      You know what’s funny about that hip check? Gonchar laid the same one on Jokinen last night. Clean hit, good hit, no one complained. Gonchar’s hit was actually more violent than Cooke’s.

      • rdurk86 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        I guess you missed the part where McQuaid’s knee went the wrong direction.Super clean though.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Then someone needs to tell McQuaid to watch which way he bends his damn knees. Knee hyperextensions happen a lot in sports, normally because of poor body positioning. There’s a reason Cooke wasn’t called for anything – because it was legal. LEGAL, which is unlike McQuaids violent, out-of-line (and control) and HIGHLY illegal slewfoot on Sutter upon his return. He could have ended his career or worse with that crap. What are your thoughts on McQuaid’s extremely dirty play there, ace? Any? Funny, I never hear that brought up by the guys whining about McQuaid’s knee. That was, what…next shift? Surely you aren’t saying that slewfoot was ok, but expecting others to give a rat’s ass about a horribly dirty player’s knee, right?

      • rdurk86 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        Well if Cooke’s play was clean since it wasn’t called, McQuald’s must have been clean since it wasn’t called right palface? I honestly missed the game and didn’t see the slewfoot play so I can’t comment.

        I do enjoy how butthurt you get when anyone criticizes the Pens, makes for great reading. Hopefully people keep riling you up.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        It’s actually pretty obvious you didn’t see the game – the Cooke checked happened right in front of the ref, puck nearby, at center ice. The other did not. Recap – Cooke laid a legal hit on someone…fans don’t like that. McQuaid put a very illegal hit on someone – fans are ok with that. Makes sense…stay classy.

      • rdurk86 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Yeah it must have been obvious, after, you know, I said I didn’t see it.

        You’re very perceptive to the sarcasm in my comment i see. Don’t take yourself so seriously, since nobody else takes you seriously.

        It’s good to see you can take things out of a post that aren’t even included. Apparently I’m “OK” with what McQuaid did (even though I CLEARLY didn’t see it according to you, thanks for reminding me).

        There’s a difference between what’s legal and what’s unnecessary. Cooke’s hit was unnecessarily low. It might have been legal by the letter of the law, but there aren’t very many good results from that type of hit. He’s very good at deceptive, innocuous looking hits that have devastating results, i.e. leg, hip, shoulder checks, throughout his career. I imagine there are at least a few hits like this that hurt the player that he never got called for.

        By the way, nobody delves deep into McQuaid’s plays since he’s not a “horribly dirty player” as you portray and state him to be.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Awesome…what I’m really after is validation from readers on this site, alright. What I’m after is some type of explanation of the outright hypocrisy when it comes to cooke. His check was legal…according to you now “unnecessary” is the word we’re going to use. There’s lots of ‘unnecessary’ hits in hockey, it’s actually part of the game – written right into the rules. And these are things that idiots like Milbury go on air with…and before you know it there’s an entire legion of half-wit supporters of his statements, who ‘didn’t even see it’ themselves.

      • theclaim - Apr 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        When Cookie was a Capital you thought he was enemy number 1 but now that he’s a Pen he’s a choirboy? Cooke is what he is, an enforcer w heart. Look at things objectively before you post.. Or don’t LMFAO.

  15. jaybaileys - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Milbury is a tool. Pens are 22-2 in their last 24 games, enough said.

  16. myroncopesflask - Apr 22, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Mike Milbury needs to get over Ulf Samuelsson ending his love child’s(see Cam Neely) career! He has had an axe to grind ever since that serious that turned the big bad bruins in to old,slow, has beens. Hey Mike get over it pal!

  17. gmenfan1982 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Say what you will but he’s right. Cooke is a dirty player and players like him need to face the music. We see dirty/questionable plays routinely because of the lack of fear of retribution due to the instigator rule. Fighting isn’t just fighting. It’s standing up for your teammate. Staged fights are worthless but players like Cooke need an asskicking from time to time.

    • erk877 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW9Sp-WndwA
      May not always work, but always great to see.

  18. c1md6 - Apr 22, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Skunk lmao

  19. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Hmmm MM calls Cooke a skunk and says he’s dirty and somehow every member of the fanboy legion disagrees. Now thats some funny shizz. Cooke is a used condom who has tried repeatedly and even succeeded in ending players careers with his low life play.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      I may be splitting hairs here, but no one is saying that Cooke is a Saint. Not a single comment that I have seen so far here (or anywhere else) suggests that Cooke hasn’t had a checkered past.

      Sure in a lot of ways he’s changed his game around over the past couple of years, but that doesn’t change the fact that he did make some very dirty plays in his past. He still is suffering the consequences of that today, as evidenced by the video: Matt Cooke puts a clean hip check on McQuaid and a talking head sounds off.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Shouldn’t you be out golfing for the rest of the season? What relevance can you possibly add to an article about the Pens?

      And A FLYER fan commenting on dirty play? That’s rich, puss boy.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

        Oh look out, internet tough guy hockeywithdrawl is in the house. First off dildo, I’m not commenting on your precious Pens, I’m commenting on Matt Cooke, who unless you’ve been freeze dried or a complete and total homer, (the latter is more likely) would realize he’s been trying to end player’s careers for well over a decade. Millbury might be a tool from time to time but his analysis of Cooke was spot on. The NHL made up rule 48 because of this scum bag, you silly boner.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Don’t you think it’s a little strange that half the people on this site say the league enacted rule 48 to protect Sidney Crosby’s head (implying special treatment or consideration to change the rules in Crosby’s favor), and the other half say it’s all because of Matt Cooke? Sooooo….which is it? And while you’re at it, how many Flyers got suspended for head shots (vs. ZERO for Matt Cooke) this year? Let’s go by the numbers for now, not your opinions. And any team with Rinaldo on it pretty much shot it’s credibility in the head.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Rule 48 was enacted after Cooke ended Savard’s career. it’s well documented. You compare Zac Rinaldo to Matt Cooke and then have the balls to question someone’s credibility. How many careers has Zac Rinaldo ended? How many players has he hospitalized compared to that scummer? I can understand being loyal to your team but defending Cooke like he’s a saint because he hasn’t been suspended this season is ridiculous. Lets go by the numbers indeed. How many times has Cooke been suspended in his career and for what length of time vs Rinaldo or anyone else on the Flyers roster. You go first. Oh and leave it up to a total fanboy like you to make this about the Flyers instead of about Millbury’s comments about Cooke.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        The league was moving in the direction of rule 48, as they should have been, and I’m sure Cooke’s play, as well a lot of other players from that era, were taken into consideration. Rinaldo has hospitalized players, I know Malone needed surgery. This year, Rinaldo is one of the dirtiest players on the ice, a true talentless scumbag. Even the Flyers told him to hit less and play smarter. Last year, Rinaldo was THE dirtiest player on the ice. If you defend that why would anyone listen to the whining about Cooke? No one said Cooke is a saint, least of all me, just that he didn’t do anything in this case. I’m glad he was able to turn into such a respectable, talented hockey player. I hope he wins the Masterton.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      hockeywithdrawl you have to be the biggest homer in the history of homers for the love of Zeus!! Rinaldo has been suspended once for two games on a hit where a guy was admiring his pass. Cooke has been suspended 5 times, four of which was with your team for a total of 27 games and you still want to compare the two? Cooke for the Masterson? You know, all kidding aside you a pathetic excuse for a fan and a joke of a man. You think Cooke should be rewarded for deciding either he stops dealing out career ending head shots or he gets run out of hockey. Try telling Marc Savard that Cooke deserves the Masterson you total fanboy ass clown.

  20. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    If Kronwall and Subban did the EXACT SAME HIT ( which they do ) Milbury is ecstatic about the hit. When cooke does it, he is being a coward? Its a hip check! Why did Mcquaid jump out of the way? Thats what helped the hit become more dangerous.

    Its even better hearing it from someone who hits kids and beats people in the crowd with shoes.

  21. bman7206 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Cooke is a dirt ball.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      COOKE FOR MASTERTON!!!!!!!

  22. dchambers144 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    As a Penguin fan, I’m not going to defend Cooke for his 13 (I think) years of questionable (dirty?) play. He has played relatively clean in the past 2 years though. As far as Milbury, he can say whatever he wants; but the fact is, he was a pretty dirty player in his own day. Pot meet kettle.

  23. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Mike Milbury is a raging alcoholic that assaults children, ruins hockey orgainzations (and broadcasts) and is clinging to ANY shred of relevance he can by commenting on those that actually have a clue. There has never been any credibility given to his actions as a player, coach, or GM, and there shouldn’t be any given to his opinions in the booth. He is a drooling idiot that attacks Pens players in order to try and remain in the spotlight…and to his credit he’s got me replying, even though it’s a WELL known fact that he’s delusional enough to be dangerous.

    One look at the comments from Milbury supporters in this section is proof of the quality of the person making those comments.

    In short, suck it, Milbury. No one cares. Your audience isn’t gone, it was always non-existent.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      That’s quite incorrect. He broke up a fight on the ice and the opposing player’s parents tried to file a frivolous lawsuit. Think I’m wrong? The judge who based his decision off of all relevant facts made that decision.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        That’s complete BS and ANY parent of a pee wee player knows exactly what happened. Lawsuit frivolous? Possibly given that no one was injured. Mike Milbury, to perpetual proponent of on-ice bullying and hard-hitting hockey, and lover of players like Rinaldo and Lucic, had to watch his own son subject to that type of player. The “fight” he broke up was NOT a fight….it was a hockey scrum ON THE ICE and one of the players was his son. He jumped in, grabbed the other boy, shook him, and swore at him (this much has been admitted to by Milbury). Given the facts, that he had no reason to be involved (on the ice) at that moment, and that he participated in a scrum involving his kid, because he didn’t think his kid was doing a good enough job. In a fully padded hockey scrum. Mike had no right putting his hands on a 12 year old in a hockey game, period.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        He threw his son out of the game. He also has coached his kid’s team in the past as I have reffed games with him on the bench and he was nothing but class.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        And he literally THREW someone else’s kid. Nope, not good enough, there’s no class in that man. Raging alcoholic child assaulting idiot.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        You’re either stupid or ignorant because the admitted facts of the case state that he did no such thing.

  24. jaker85 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Mike Milbury calling someone a goon???? This jerk off went into the crowd and beat fans up, so how can he call anyone a goon? He was Ron Artest before Ron Artest.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      He also assaulted a child, don’t forget that one. NBC said they were ok with it. It’s time people put pressure on NBC.

  25. lostpuppysyndrome - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Unlike other jackwagons like Torres and Avery, Cooke has actually changed his behaviour and game, like JR said. Milbury’s comment that Cooke “plays on the line” is no different than other guys like Brown or Callahan. As long as he’s not crossing the line, what’s your deal, Mike? MM needs to go, along with that creepy bowling pin McGuire.

  26. blackngoldmachine - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    “pilsbury” threw more elbows than “TIMMY” from south park. can you imagine if he played today? Also, can you imagine what would happen if someone made similar remarks on the NFL Today or Sunday Football pregame? But with that said, its why I love hockey the best..things just fester and fester. Once a dueche, always a dueche. And pilsbury never dissapoints.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      You should spell the insult correctly, otherwise it isn’t really effective.

  27. steverolley - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    http://thehockeywriters.com/top-10-worst-mike-milbury-trades-contracts-and-transactions/

    1,2,3, on that list sum of this clown’s hockey IQ

    oh and don’t get confused Milbury has never won a Stanley cup, he doesn’t know what it takes to win it

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