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Video: Penguins’ Cooke gets away with a high stick

May 19, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Matt Cooke went to knock a puck out of the air, however he seemed to clip Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson with his stick, instead.

The incident occurred just past the midway point of the third period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Cooke escaped without a penalty. An interesting non-call, given Karlsson was called for diving in the second period.

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  1. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    He did get away with that. A lot of penalties were missed in this game though.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      Cooke relaxed on the final goal – must have thought Vokoun had the puck. When Greening hit the rebound in for the score, Cooke was supposed to be covering him but he was standing straight up with his stick held up over his head.

      Can the Pens please sit this guy down for a game and give Jokinen a shot? At least they would have something of a scoring threat from that spot. And maybe he will pay attention on defense in double overtime as well.

      • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 10:02 AM

        that goal was on eaton, not cooke, eaton shouldve been clearing bodies out, not looking for his stick while the puck was still in the zone. cooke had a good game, remember how he took that hit and then set up what shouldve been the game winner to kennedy? no? leave him alone, jokinen is not gonna improve the pens defensive game and cooke was the only guy with an assist last night

    • stakex - May 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Sure were, and as usual most of the penelties that were missed were on the Pens. The leagues poster child, already up 2-0 in the series, sure seemed to get the benefit of every doubt didn’t they? Funny how that works.

      Its even worse when you look at some of the laughable calls against the Sens in this game. That slashing call at the end of regulation with the Sens trailing was appalling. There is no penelty for breaking your own stick while slashing someone elses…. and to make that call against a team thats trailing with under two minutes left is a joke.

      • ewoman88 - May 20, 2013 at 9:46 AM

        I started to keep count on the number of uncalled penalties against both teams…. When I was at 10 uncalled in Ottawa’s favor vs the 4 uncalled in Pits favor, I stopped counting as once again I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge that the officiating of one of my favorite sports is one sided for reasons I’ll either never know or understand… Why the League can’t just get their heads out of their asses and understand that its a f***ing game, and as such should be played with dignity, honor and fairness, is beyond me…

        I don’t believe the Sens will take the Pitt, but this display of excellent sportsmanship and skill will hopefully be enough to pit a thorn in their sides.

        One last note… Bettman, this isn’t hockey, money isn’t hockey, ratings are not hockey… the senators last night? THAT was hockey!

      • jpelle82 - May 20, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        stake you’re an idiot if you think slashing is determined by whose stick breaks….you realize how stupid you sound?

  2. pens5829 - May 19, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Look up the words interference and diving. Karlsson flops every 30 seconds.

  3. chanceoffleury1 - May 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Definitely a missed call, but it made up for the call on Crosby earlier in the game that wasn’t really a high stick. I forget who it was, but he literally pulled Crosby’s stick up to his face and then sold it like his life (or an Ottawa goal) depended on it. Refs bought it. It all evens out in the end.

    • stakex - May 20, 2013 at 1:52 AM

      Wrong. A player is suppose to be in control of, and responsible for, their stick at all times. if Crosby wasn’t carelessly flailing his stick around behind his back, it could never have hit Cowen in the face. Thus, its a penelty.

      Also, Cowen didn’t pull the stick into his face. It just glanced off him and then hit his face. The announcer, a clear Crosby fanboy, just made it sound like it was Cowen’s fault, but it really wasn’t.

      • chanceoffleury1 - May 20, 2013 at 2:43 AM

        Bad wording on my part. I didn’t mean it wasn’t a high stick, I meant that much clearer, textbook penalties were spared while this could have really gone either way. To me, it doesn’t matter how it happened because I’m not saying high-sticking when you’re not in control isn’t a penalty. My point wasn’t whether Crosby’s high stick was a penalty or not. It was. It’s like the overtime penalty in Game 3 of Pens-Isles that Crosby took. Was it a penalty? Absolutely. But did the “victim” of the penalty sell it for more than what it was worth? Again, absolutely. The stick grazed Cowen and he snapped his head back with noticeable exaggeration.

        The point I was trying to get across was that Karlsson provided a first hand reason why he possibly didn’t get that high sticking call in this game. He has a certain reputation (that many players on the Penguins rightfully also have so spare me the youtube videos) that may cause a ref to question the authenticity of his reactions. Cowen doesn’t have that reputation. All I was saying is that even though Crosby’s was a much “looser” penalty, Cowen doesn’t have a reputation that would make a ref question his reaction. Karlsson, who had a much more clear and textbook version of the same exact penalty, does have a certain reputation that for even a split second may cause a ref to think twice before he calls a penalty every time Karlsson snaps his head back. I believe that may have been one of the factors as to why Cowen got the call and Karlsson didn’t. I know they should be, but I don’t think anybody will doubt that Refs aren’t immune to reputations. By “it all evens out in the end” I just meant that sometimes you get the call and sometimes you don’t. Ottawa got the last laugh because they won the game so I don’t think they really even give a crap at this point.

      • basedrum777 - May 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        You obviously didn’t see the penalty in question. The defender literally lifted crosby’s stick all the way to his own face. Probably not on purpose but by that logic if your stick hits the goalie after you were tripped it would subject to a highstick penalty, which it isn’t.

  4. kingsforever - May 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Typical Pittsburgh reffing

  5. graymalkin26 - May 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Ottawa had 7 pm while Pitt had 4…same thing every year, doing everything to promote Pitt and see they win…pathetic.

    • basedrum777 - May 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      You think its possible that the pens skill led the Ottawa team to commit more penalties? Of course not b/c you’re biased.

  6. capsrockva - May 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    now Tort’s will compligh, F u NNNNNNNY

    • thesableo - May 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Drunk commenting…always a bad decision.

  7. philly4lyfe - May 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    by the rules, crosbys actually was a penalty. a player has to be in control of his stick at all times.

  8. habswoman - May 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    What would be the suspension for a career ending blow to Cooke’s head? Would be worth any suspension doled out as he should be banned from the game anyway.

    • basedrum777 - May 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      For what exactly? It’s not even certain he hit K. in the face with his stick. In HD from the front he didn’t hit the face at all.

  9. johnstone17 - May 20, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    Penalties are missed in every game. How is this news?

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