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Video: Matt Cooke delivers another controversial hit against Boston

Jun 1, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins already admitted that they aren’t very fond of Matt Cooke for his hit on essentially retired forward Marc Savard. Now they have a 2013 example, as Cooke was ejected for checking defenseman Adam McQuaid from behind during the second period of Saturday’s Game 1:

Cooke received a five-minute major penalty to go along with his game misconduct while Chris Kelly received a roughing minor for addressing the situation.

Losing the 34-year-old winger is the only way the Penguins really paid for that infraction, though, as the Penguins killed off the three minutes of major power play time Boston received.

The good news is that McQuaid returned to the Bruins bench during that same second period, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty. (The 26-year-old has dealt with concussions before in his career.)

Bold prediction: the NHL will take quite a few looks at this hit.

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  1. rich859 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Dirty hit by a dirty player.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      you mean marchand right?

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Marchand’s was a board, though not completely from behind. Not nearly as obvious as Cooke’s, of course.

        Refs got it right, which is why the Pens crowd is whining–such a group of entitled pricks in there tonight.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Boarding is boarding Marchand’s was no different. The crowd was right, if your going to eject one guy eject the other.

        When condemn one and not the other you’re the one that’s entitled.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        @ucaneverscorenoughgoals Uh, refs can give a two-minute penalty for boarding, or a five-minute. It’s in the rules.

        You don’t eject for EVERY boarding. Check the rules.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

        I realize that……but if the situation is reversed you’d be screaming about consistency and conspiracy by the league.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        Assumptions FTW

    • pens5829 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      McQuaid gets the Emmy of the playoffs for that one. Prime example why NHL officiating in this year’s playoffs is a joke.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Once a pice of human garbage, always a piece of human garbage.

    How do you boo this decision if you’re in the stands?

    • micklethepickle - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      You’ve read the comments Penguins fans make on here, right? It didn’t surprise me at all. In fact, I was expecting them to throw garbage at McQuaid while he was lying on the ice.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        It’s the same hit every damn forward makes on a Dman when the puck is dumped. Should it be called EVERY time? Yes. Stop with your dumbass comments about Pens fans, you effing terd. Marchand should be out, same as Cooke. EH?

      • micklethepickle - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Yep, Marchand should be – he’s a little rat, but nothing compared to the filth that is Cooke. I was wondering when you’d start defending this play… figured you must’ve been busy abusing children, beating up senior citizens, or doing something else that justifies your hard-on for Matt Cooke.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        That hit happens every dump. should be called every time.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        once again, hockeywithdrawal going for the downthumbs record.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:19 PM

        McQuaid just made the SAME hit on Sutter. Sutter didn’t pretend to be hurt though…so no penalty.

      • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        he embillished the hit, which by the way could have gone either way. with cookies rep, you knew which way it was going to go. like to see someone take out ratface on monday.

      • cheesesteak75 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        He got up too quickly after he saw the call!

  3. soj83 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    i’m glad he changed his style and doesn’t do this anymore like all his defenders say.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      LOVED malkin handing Bergeron a sandwich!!!!! HIT HIM HARDER!

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Getting Malkin off the ice was a good call by Bergy.

    • pens5829 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      You most likely support Obama Care. Pansy.

  4. blkeskimo1785 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Disappointing.

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Disappointing will be one word I’ll use when Shanahan doesn’t suspend Cooke. The rest I can’t print here.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        what about Marchand? Opinion? I’d love to hear.

      • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        I don’t think either hit was suspension-worthy in themselves. Both were definitely boarding minors, and Cooke’s penalty was upgraded purely on reputation. However, given Cooke’s history of trying to injure people, my expectation is that Cooke be gone for the series. My expectation won’t come to fruition however, as my post above indicates.

        And, I’m totally biased. I hate Matt Cooke, and if he doesn’t get suspended I want Thornton to pummel him through the ice into China.

  5. akmd1984 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Man I can’t wait for all the penguins trolls to try to defend this piece of garbage yet again. This should be fun.

    Pitpenguinsrules, you’re officially on the clock.

    • pens5829 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Damn right we’ll defend Cooke. No different than the Marchant hit. Probably a Tom “He touched me” Brady fan. You guys belong in the NPL. I’ll let you girls figure that one out.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Disappointing that he got boarded. He put himself in a bas situation though. Cooke should have let up. It happens.

    Wont be surprised if cooke misses the rest of the playoffs. Really disappointing because HE HAS changed his ways.

    • micklethepickle - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      You’re either a liar, or very, very, VERY naive.

    • stakex - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      McQuaid’s numbers were to Cooke the entire time. He had a couple seconds to back off… yet chose to drive a player into the boards from behind. That doesn’t “just happen”.

      He hasn’t changed, hes just been careful to not get caught being himself. Big difference there.

      • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        Karlsson’s achilles is a prime example.

      • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

        yeah, a couple of seconds skating to the boards. why don’t you go away. you starting to bother me. i don’t like your anti pens attitude.

  7. jj9979 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    mcquaid with the emmy worthy performance

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      So? Still a bad board.

      • pens5829 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Waaaa. McQuaid came back the next shift. Admit it it. He SOLD that call.

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      You mean the guy with recent concussion history?

    • botlecap - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      let’s see you take that hit. that guy is tough as nails. he almost always gets up and they have to drag him down the tunnel like they did tonight.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        that hit happens on every dump

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        He had a concussion already this year, FYI.

  8. REDSKINSFORLIFE - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    The penguin organization is nothing but scum bags. Cindy is such a pu55y.

    • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      go sleep with ovie you pecker.

      • bmoreredfury311 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        At least Ovi would fight his own battles and not go crying to the refs every time he’s touched.

        Hens showing their true colors once again and once again homer hen fans sticking up for them.

  9. aljack88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    That wasn’t a check on Savard – that was an assault. It not only ended a good hockey career, it will most likely have a detrimental effect on his health for the rest of his life. Cooke should have been banned from hockey for that and the league’s failure to do so will likely have Cooke seriously injuring another player in the future.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      lets hope its marchand, kill two birds with one stone! Get em both out.

  10. stakex - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Of course Matt Cooke never changed. When he hit Marc Savard he was doing everything in his power to hurt the guy. While he might have learned to control himself since hes under the microscope… this hit shows that you can’t hide who you really are forever. This was a dangerous, dirty hit. There is absolutely no way to defend it, and I say that as someone who defends a lot of questionable hits as just “part of the game”.

    Its impossible to guess how the NHL will rule on any given situation like this, but with Cooke’s history they have to come down hard on him. He might be spared a series length suspension since there was no injury on the play, but the NHL cant chicken out on this. Not if its series about protecting players.

  11. sjsharks66 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Marchand’s hit was just like Cooke’s. Marchand only gets 2 minutes. Look, I like Boston and their fans. I really am curious how you guys see this situation.

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Naturally, I’m fine with it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

      Because Marchand’s was into the side of the back and not directly into the boards. It’s obviously a penalty but Cooke’s was a textbook hit from behind that they teach you not to do from the first time you step on the ice.

      • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        Well put. This is exactly how it went. Too bad Pens fans refuse to see it.

      • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        Not sure what “side of the back” means, but the angle was certainly different: Cooke’s was more dead-on, though both were boardings.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Sorry, the edge of the latissimus dorsi. Is that more descriptive for you?

      • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        neal went head first into the boards. he didn’t have that extra space where the boards would have at least kept him up right. that hit could have been a bad one.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

        COULD….

        A hit is always much easier when the glass stops your face right?

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      This game has some passion to it! Unlike the earlier game…did that game even happen?

    • mp1131211 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Similar set up, different in the way it played out. If that had been a half foot closer to the boards, it would have been the same result as the Cooke hit. I HATE the bruins but this play was not as dirty as the Cooke hit.

    • stakex - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      Stop listening to “Lets go Pens” McGuire. The two hits were worlds apart from eachother. Marchand’s was far more from the side, was more a push then a hit, and he didn’t drive the Pens player into the boards. Lot of difference there.

      • cheesesteak75 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:15 AM

        Yes, one hit happened behind the boards and the other hit was near the blue line. Small world.

  12. sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    ANNNNNND Crosby being the whiny “who me?” little s**t that he is. He pulls a Sean Avery-style “oop sorry” on Rask, and then goes and shoves Chara. Chara should’ve dropped him.

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      I actually didn’t think Crosby was much of a whiner, because I hadn’t seen him much this year, but now it’s set in stone.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

        I didn’t see any whining on that?

      • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Ok, you have officially entered troll status.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        You’re a pathetic whiner right now aren’t ya?
        I swear sabatimus you would have hated the 80’s because Gretzky did the exact same thing, and Mario.

        But you keep on whining about someone else whining

    • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      the game within the game. by the way, did you ever play hockey?

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:08 AM

      Chara’s a p#ssy.

  13. REDSKINSFORLIFE - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Cindy is the same way. What a pu55y. Who hits a goalie as he is going to the bench? I wish Chara had the gumption to end his career right there. Would have been great, but Boston would have been down a great defensemen while Pitt would have only been down a girl.

    • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      your a caps fan. like i said before, you don’t matter anymore.

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      Nice screen name. At least pick a team that’s been relevant for the past 20 years.

  14. Stiller43 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Marchand just had the same exact hit on neal. Mcquaid looked at cooke coming then turned his back. neal hit was completely blindside.

    Why no game for marchand?

    • sabatimus - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      Reputation.

      • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM

        Which should be absolutely NO factor in an on-ice officials call.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Not the same hit, read hockeyflow’s post above.

      • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        Yes please refer to the clearly nonbiased anti pens commentator above for your logic in hockey rules.

  15. Stiller43 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Probably because the “24” on the black sweater

  16. sjsharks66 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    You cant comment about cooke being dirty and then say you want chara to fight someone with a fractured jaw. Come on man. That is not cool.

    Chara has too much class to do that. I respect the fact he did not try and fight crosby. I missed what crosby did to upset raask. Nbc is not very good at showing things that happen prior to the scrums.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      At the same time, Crosby isn’t going to drop due to that jaw (among other things). So he decides to be a dick to the other team’s goalie–which is always going to result in bad things.

    • soj83 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Crosby skated by Rask and gave him a little elbow push…not a penalty type elbow but more of a push and Rask said something to him. Crosby turned around and shoved Rask with his stick and Rask put his hands out as if to say “really, quite being an a$$” and that was it with them. scuffle started with Iginla going at Kelly at the buzzer, then Malkin and Bergeron pairing off and Crosby jabbing at Chara.

  17. phillyhockey - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    How does every player in the league not want to beat the sh*t out of this guy? I know you should ‘get em on the scoreboard’ and not take retaliation penalties on such a play…but someone needs to knock this guy this guy out. Preferably a dirty hit similar to the Savard one he dished out. Whoever does it will be deemed a hero to the league.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      It’s surprising a Philthy fan is making those comments.

    • bubba19698 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:20 PM

      You idiot, go eff yourself, philthy dirty scumbag, shouldn’t you be polishing Giroux’s putter?

      • maalea - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

        Attacking fans for the city they’re from but yet one of yinz robbed and stabbed a starting O Line man. Look through the glass walls you live in. Then throw stones.

        Addams was glad that he got away with his life.

    • drone501 - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      what are you doing on here? your teams been gone for a month.

      • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        hey maalea, black on black crime is an epidemic in this city as much as any city. whay the hell does it have to do with a hockey game. you an idiot. by the way, the steeler you are talking about was sitting outside his apartment. he was held up. unless you live in hooterville, it could happen to you.

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      When was The last Flyer game? Over a month ago? Piss off.

  18. aljack88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Crosby going after a goalie? What a pathetic performance. Hey Penguins! You’ve got all this scoring talent and this is what you are resorting to?

    BTW Crosby – make sure you always have a ref or two between you and Chara when you try acting like you are tough, especially with your jaw.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      are you really calling that ‘going after’ please!

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Rask was definitely really roughed up by that. It was lucky he was still standing!

      • aljack88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        any opposing player that skates up to and bumps into their team’s goalie, is just an azz. In the old days, Crosby would have been dropped in his tracks.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        I guess in the new days, Bergeron gets dropped in his tracks, huh.

      • mp1131211 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        In the ol’ days, Jack, Savard would be considered a pu**y. Welcome to today’s NHL.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      He did the tough guy routine only when the ref was in between them like some bad B movie skit haha

  19. jkulha86 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    And the trend of terrible officiating in the playoffs continues

  20. matthews4 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Hey therealdeal18 would you like to kiss my a$$ now or later, There is your proof. Or are we going to continue to say he is refomed.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      I’m going to continue to say he is reformed, you never said it so I don’t expect you to change your mind. Are you going to continue telling me marchand isnt scum? Yes you will. Missed calls by the refs on marchand not getting five and marchand again not getting an interference while his teammate skates on a breakaway. I LOVE pittsburgh haters thinking this series is over, the game was 1-0 before they got out of their game and Rask is the epitome of “rather be lucky than good”. I would love to see the contract he signed with the Devil, dear lord.

  21. 8man - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I’ve said this for months, Cooke is sloppy and dangerous. That being said, Marchand has to be smarter than that. Bad penalty, good call by the refs. Guys on each side have been served notice that the refs aren’t tolerating anything. If they don’t play clean they are gonna hurt their team.

    Just so many dynamics to this game and potentially the series. Hard to tell who, if anyone, they favor.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      That’s about right. Refs might have let Marchand’s go if they hadn’t thrown Cooke out of the game.

  22. bubba19698 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Wow, all the Cookie haters are out in force, how about that Mcquaide played that up, lying there like he got shot and then once the penalty is called he jumps up and skates off the ice! Neil should have thrown his stick in the air and went limp and the Pens would’ve gotten 5min, what a joke

  23. deezenucks - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Where is the link for the Marchand hit? From behind and in the dead zone a few feet from the boards? Ok Rat. Mcquaid saw Cooke coming and turned right into it, and after chara tells him to stay down while mcquaid flashes a wry smile…. Plah eezze

    • aljack88 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      you saw all that, eh?

  24. cardmagnet - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    This one looked incidental to me. McQuaid is coming in for the puck, Cooke sees him and moves in for a hit, then McQuaid happened to turn away from the direction Cooke was coming. Nine times out of ten a player in McQuaid’s position is going to keep moving that direction and not turn, which means he’s going to be fully facing Cooke.

  25. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    It’s the playoffs, I love it !

  26. blkeskimo1785 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Troll Moment: Breaking out the whine and cheese for this series!

  27. spitfisher - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Remove this piece of **** from hockey (cooke) he is embarassment to himself and his team. Hockey won’t miss this coward.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      I agree, remove marchand from hockey! I’m with you bro!

  28. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Cooke deserved what he got for boarding. However, McQ did absolutely nothing to protect himself. Quite the contrary he made a bone head move by turning his back to face the boards. Not bright!

  29. malkinrulez - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Cooke 5 min , Marchand 2 for same dangerous hit, complete joke. No worries pens will rebound

    • 8man - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Yes. They will. Deep, talented and dangerous well coached team. No doubt a little rust from being off for 8 days.

      Game on!

  30. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Funny, the Blackhawks made this exact hit at least 3 times vs Detroit and it wasn’t called a penalty, of course the NHL turned it back on a obvious Blackhawk slewfoot and head shot in game 7 alone, so its par for their course.

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      NHL officiating has been a complete JOKE the entire playoffs. Extremely inconsistent.

  31. tycobbfromfangraphs - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    In all honesty, after watching the Chicago-Detroit series, Im convinced this isn’t even a 2 min minor. Once it was game 6 NHL threw the rule book out the window. But here in game 1 it’s 5 min major and GM. NHL ruins hockey.

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      Exactly why it’s at the bottom of all professional sports.

  32. ndrick731 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    At 12:20 AM Cindy still on the ice whining and practicing his slashes.

  33. sjnanoshark - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    The best thing that can come out of the controversial hits in these series’ is shannahan will have to explain the “physics” of the plays and deliver or not some suspensions.

    • sjnanoshark - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:25 AM

      I must say its pretty hilarious and…….

  34. vipod4ever - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Cooke has a “Bertuzzi” comming to him…all it takes is one player to loose it and Cooke will be wearing diapers.

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