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Matt Cooke explains his hit on McQuaid

Jun 2, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

Penguins forward Matt Cooke was able to avoid further punishment for his hit on Boston’s Adam McQuaid and at this morning’s skate in Pittsburgh, he explained what he thought of the play.

“After I got by him, I looked up and see his right shoulder and he looks me right in the eyes. I was committed to hit him,” Cooke says.

“I made contact. I think it’s a penalty, but I don’t think it’s an ejection or a suspension, but that’s my opinion,” he added.

An ejection is just what he got for boarding McQuaid as he was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Expect hostilities to continue in Game 2.

  1. 2dollarpbrs - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I didn’t realize McQuaid had eyes in the back of his head

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      You can see him look to see that someone is coming and then turned. Actually my take is that he saw it was Cooke coming, then turned and embellished. Actually as “bad” as the hit was, it didn’t stop McQuaid from landing the same exact hit several times during the game, most notably on Sutter in the third. But, it’s funny….no one’s said that hit was dirty….it’s not like Boston fans have been hypocritical about Cooke from the start, though……..

      • yougotgirouxed - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        Dude, you are usually worth a few sharp snide comments per post. I respect that. I dont like you. You hate on my team, but you are quick-witted and your’re funny sometimes. Hell, you have played me handful of times.

        This has got to be one of the dumbest and most butthurt things you have said this season.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        I’m not sure I’m in the minority, either. He clearly looked and saw him coming, turned his back, and then acted like he was injured, only to be right back out next shift, with no trip to the quiet room…explain that. History of concussions, slow to get up, no trip to the dark room. Huh?

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Actually your take sucks. You absolutely thrive on being”edgy” and “controversial”, but by the end, you’re just Habsman Lite. You can insert any insult you like now, troll. I’ve had my say. Have a nice life.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        I thrive on being edgy and controversial? hahahahaha….ok!! I’m actually not sure what I said there that was EITHER of those things.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        should add mcquaids to the end of that one.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        You can never help the Bruins enough. Couldn’t find a bigger pack of pansies at Lowe’s.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        He was ejected because……..He is Matt Cooke The destroyer of knees and careers.

        See what a bad rep gets you

      • you4real - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:54 PM

        Cooke was right with his explanation…worth a penalty for making contact in that situation, but man did McQuaid sell it. I don’t like Matt Cooke, he is as bad as Marchand, but if you look back and see the player coming at you then turn, you deserve a penalty too. He laid on the ground until the whistles went then briskly got up, looked back to see the ref was watching and THEN feigned an injury. Glad to see Shanny isn’t buying this garbage.

      • tescosuicide - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Did imleftcoast just imply that the Bruins are pansies?? Really? wow… There might be, 4, possibly 5 sets of balls in the western conference total and you’re talking pansy?? I can’t wait for Cali to drop into the Pacific.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        No he’s right, they’re pansies.

    • postie1 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      I didn’t realize Chara was team doctor until he told McQuaid keep your head down pretend your crying

      • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM


      • yankeemofo - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM


  2. penzfan329 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    He looked back at cooke right before the hit…

    • miketoasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

      How the hell can you downvote this? There is literally a video in the post showing exactly what he is stating. It just goes to show you the idiots on this site that will blindly downvote any pro Pens posts.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

        It doesn’t matter. Nowhere in the rules for boarding does it mention washing out the penalty if the player looks the hitter in the eyes.

        Boarding is boarding whether he saw it coming or not; whether he looked Cooke in the eyes or not. The penalty was enhanced because of Cooke’s history in general, and because of Cooke’s history with Boston. The refs felt it was best to get him off the ice, so they did just that.

        And no, I’m not one of the people that down-voted.

      • miketoasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        You still don’t see my point, he isn’t arguing penalty’s all his doing is stating what he saw.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:27 AM

        Okay. He’s stating what he saw when asked what he thought about the penalty. What he saw is irrelevant. What McQuaid saw right before being boarded is irrelevant.

  3. capsrockva - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    I saw that blatant dirty hit. He should’ve been suspended for it.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      So should have Marchand, and so should have McQuaid for doing the same thing to Sutter.

      • crybabycrosby - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Little 5″11 Marchand haha good one they were different hits. Learn your hockey

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:13 PM

        You gave him like an extra 5 inches

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

        uh, crybaby…., Cooke’s 5’11” as well.

        What the eff’s that hafta do w/anything, dummy?

      • tescosuicide - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        There’s too many minis in pro hockey nowadays. Marchand is a little pest, but Cooke’s a douche… not unlike the rest of the Pens. I’m still a little confused as to how they got a man like Iginla to dive and cry…. must be something in the water on the south side of PA.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        I think it was a man like Iginla that put Horton out for a while, wasn’t it? I think it was a man like Malkin putting Bergeron to the ice with his sweater over his bloody face…and I think Chara hit the ice a number of times in the last game. I also believe it was McQuaid doing the diving and crying, wasn’t it? and Seguin? Lots of diving from the B’s in that one, which was surprising to me, because I thought they were supposed to be tough and I thought their coach was against it. I think he was just full of hot air, though.

    • miketoasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      None of them should have been suspended thus they weren’t. All were boarding calls and should have been 2 minutes. If anyone other than Cooke makes that hit this isn’t even being discussed right now.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Cooke and Bolland should have gotten 5-minutes and games. Those weren’t different enough that one is 2-minutes only.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Sure they are.

        The one was committed by Cooke, the other wasn’t.

  4. gmenfan1982 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    I hate Cooke, especially due to repeat offenses but I don’t think this hit was worthy of a game misconduct at all. Certainly a penalty but not worthy of a misconduct.

  5. steelhammer92 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Take your black and yellow; Matt Cooke hating glasses off Bruins fans… Marshand’s hit on Neal was worse. If Neal had sold it like McQuaid, Marshand would have probably gotten a five too. That was typical Bruins embellishment at its finest.

    • nosefacekillah - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Sure, McQuiad is square to the boards and is hit from behind face first into the boards. Cooke follows through and drives his shoulder into McQuiads back crushing him into the boards.

      Neal is offset about 45 degrees and Marchand shoves him. Neal tumbles into the boards. Both are penalties but Cooke was doing his typical injure first think later act.

      At least McQuiad still has both tendons attached. He is safe from stomping for now…..

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        McQuaid laid that same hit on Sutter in the third. What are your thoughts on that? Sutter didn’t pretend to be injured like McQuaid did, but still if it’s a bad hit it should have been called right?

      • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        and at least neal doesn’t have a broken neck.

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:20 PM

        @ hockeywithdrawal, nose face’s silence speaks volumes…

    • goforbroke82 - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      First off, as a Bruns fan I don’t think that Cooke should have been ejected for the hit. But typical bruins embellishment?? The Bruins on a yearly basis have some of the LEAST power plays in the league and have you seen how they play with the man advantage? They would be much better off just playing 5 on 5 as much as possible.

  6. Stiller43 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Pause it at 5-6 seconds, he DOES turn and look right at cooke. Exactly what i said last night. Mcquaid looked right at him then turned his back.

    • nosefacekillah - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      McQuiad LOOKS back, he does not turn back. It is not on McQuiad to square up to Cooke so Cooke can deliver a legal check. McQuiad was never in a position to receive a legal check from Cooke as Cooke was always behind him.

      This is different than a player turning his back to a check as McQuaids back was to the play the whole time.

      Cooke is a filthy player that has no business in the league. Mario is laughed at when he goes on his cry baby rants about cleaning up the game because he has the dirtiest team in the NHL.

      • miketoasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        What are you talking about? The only time it is illegal to hit someone is if you see the numbers, if what you were talking about is true anytime the puck is dumped in and someone goes to retrieve it is checked it’s a penalty, which if you haven’t noticed happens probably 20 to 30 times a game.

        He showed shoulder then turned his back to him, Cooke was already committed, not his fault. Boarding penalty yes, misconduct, no.

  7. mathieug79 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I hate Matt Cooke, but this when someone gets thrown out like this the ìdiot who turns his back to the board deserves exactly what happened to Cooke, YOU CAN`T TURN YOUR BACK TO THE PLAY WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE COMING TO HIT YOU, Its funny but in the last couple of years thats how players have been trying to avoid being hit but all they do is put their life in danger instead!

    • mathieug79 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      to clarify the NHL should punish guys that turn away from hits, maybe we shouldn`t wait until it takes away someones life.

    • killerpgh - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Its going to get worse. Coaching youth and high school ice hockey you can notice a tend more so than ever. Players putting themselves in dangerous positions. In youth hockey players have a “stop sign” on their backs and if you hit from behind you get a 2 minute penalty and a 10 minutes misconduct. A lot of youth league only use 12 period so a hitting from behind penalty equal to 1/3 of the game. Kids are now protecting the puck by putting themselves in a defenseless position. The 2 worst things you can do to put yourself is turn your back to the checker and take a direct straight line to the puck along the boards. McQuad did both of these things. Hopefully this habit of drawing a penalty, but risking your health will stop. But I don’t think it will.

  8. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    As soon as the whistle blew McQuaid got up for a few seconds but then decided to turtle just to buy it some more by falling back down again. But I’m sure those jackass panda bear fans will say I’m wrong and that they know all.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      He was back on the ice the next shift…no trip to the dark room, nothing. That says it all. What a diver. He laid the same hit on Sutter in the third…Boston fans don’t care about that hit though.

      • laxman1944 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        quit your whining and take the loss like a man.

        This what you get with Cooke on your club.

        The Flyers had the same thing with Carcillo…….it got to the point he brushed up against somebody and he was in the box

        Reputation precedes him.

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      That’s not too uncommon. I’ve been hit hard enough to see stars, get up briefly, then can’t keep my balance and end up back on the ice. It’s just one of those things that sometimes can happen.

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    McQ got exactly what was coming at him, and he did nothing to protect himself. You don’t turn your back on a player like Cooke on the fore check when your 2 feet from the boards. Would you turn your back on Lucic when he’s barreling down on the fore check? You know he’s going to hit you.

  10. micklethepickle - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Even assuming that the scumbag POS Cooke was telling the truth, he admits he knows it was a dangerous play that deserved penalization. What kind of a player does that for no reason, at no benefit to his team? Well, the kind of player that scumbag POS Cooke is. Hope the Bruins bring their own thuggery and lay him out in Game 2. Bruins are definitely the lesser of two evils in this series.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      I think everyone in Pittsburgh would love to see that. That’s a losing strategy, from a losing fan. Loser.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      What tendencies do players like Malkin, Kunitz, Neal, Dupuis, Marchand, Bergeron all have in common when the cross the opposing blue line? They all go charging for the net when they don’t have the puck or are not the third man in the zone. That’s their job. What do guys like Cooke, Thornton, Torres and the likes do when their on the fore check? The hit! Plain and simple. So d men need to start using that thing on their shoulders for other reasons than just to fashion a helmet. Letang watches about 1 hour of video per day to improve his play and learn the tendencies of other players. Maybe there something to be learned here.

      • maalea - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Dude, you’re not really trying to tell us that Letang is at the forefront of video studies?

        Roger Neilson has been dead for a decade now. Everyone studies video.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        Dude! We all know captain video passed away. Do I really need to explain? Did the point actually go way over that pea on your shoulders? Yes. Ok. My point is McQ should not have turned his back on Cooke because he’s a reckless hitter. Know what you’re up against before turning your back on a player. THINK! Something you should do as well. Now! Move on! Dude!

  11. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    3..2..1… Queue the Cooke apologists. When will this scumbag be railroaded out of the league?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      About as fast as Schultz, Kelly, Saleski etc….

      • laxman1944 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM


        Man that is SO tired……..

        Please try again……….PLEASE!!!

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

        how ’bout that talent-less hack Rinaldo, laxman?

    • Habib Marwan - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      anyone watch the flyer game last night? … wow what a comeback they had! , wound up 3 strokes under par? , i love the golf channel !

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:19 PM

        Whats the matter Chucky Lohan? Can’t deal with your overrated team being schooled again? See you on the golf course at the end of the week D bag.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        im not a pens fan .. but im smart enough to know better then to talk crap when my team isnt even at the dance to begin with cause they couldnt even get a date

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 4, 2013 at 12:31 AM

        Caveat. The above poster known as Habib Marwan aka Charles Logan is a Crosby groupie. Please disregard all his other postings to the contrary. Oh and for your information Habib Logan hockey fans comment on hockey even if their team is out of the running, especially when it comes to a bunch of overrated yinzers.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:08 AM

        the above poster known as broad street beat down openly admits he prefers men and i wish he would stop hitting on me in private emails

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Well that would explain your infatuation with Crosby.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        where do you get that im even a crosby fan?? have i ever once mentioned him in any of my mocking posts?? … i literally own you broadstreet, you have a reaction to everything i put on here which means ive crawled under ur skin lol

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 4, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Keep telling yourself that President Charles Logan. Your man love for Crosby and infatuation with me is quite disturbing.

      • Habib Marwan - Jun 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM

        , no more like your infatuation with my posts are what’s really disturbing lol

  12. pastabelly - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Marchand’s hit wasn’t worse as Neal was not close to the boards. Penguin fans don’t know the rules. It’s a penalty, but not suspendable. Cooke always has an excuse.

    • miketoasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Marchand’s was worse, much worse, there is a hell of a lot more ways to get injured flying into the boards than being checked into the boards. Think about what you are typing before you hit enter.

      Which Pens fans have said it wasn’t a penalty, we all admitted that it was but not worth the misconduct. Again, think about what you are saying before hitting enter.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

      Penguins fans know their rules. The rest of the league knows the NHL’s rules.

  13. alswingman - Jun 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    What is really tough to take is that when the Bruins return the favor on Cooke he will just absorb the punishment and continue playing. Even if he gets crushed or knocked out, he’ll be back.

  14. benrob99 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Was a horrible horrible call. Cooke (and MAYBE Torres) is the only player in the league who would have gotten 5 and a game. Typical official refereeing the player and not the play.

  15. arbruins - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Both hits were stupid…Neal did spend a lot of time diving to the ice on other plays however…not on the Marchand hit but, the rest of the game he spent looking for calls.

    He should join the Olympic dive team…Crosby can join the women’s team!

  16. matt14gg - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Call for major and game misconduct was exactly right. It did not deserve a suspension. Call on Marchand was correct also as a two minute minor for boarding. People saying McQuaid put himself in a bad spot are trying too hard to defend Cooke. He has no choice but to put himself in a bad spot because the puck is at his feet. There is NO obligation to take his eye off the puck to absorb a hit. And if you think he shouldn’t take a peek behind to see who is bearing down on him you are crazy. The only thing clear from this post is that there are a lot of people commenting who NEVER played the game. Looking right at you “hockeywithdrawal”…and BTW he did go to the quiet room.

    Also very unethical of Pitt media to take Claude’s in game quote and use it out of context to make it look like he was blaming McQuaid for putting himself in a bad spot when they KNEW Claude made it clear he didn’t see what happened.

  17. bruinsfan1953 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Cooke got what he deserved . When you play that kind of game your whole career that’s what you get . Once a cheep shot always a cheep shot . The rest of his career he will have this happen to him . The penguins could have let him go many times but for some reason they love this kind of player . I guess the penguins are that kind of team

    • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      yeah we are that kind of team. hope we sign resign cooke next year.

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:08 AM


  18. drewsylvania - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    McQuaid set up Cooke and embellished afterward. But I don’t care. For what he’s gotten away with in his career, Cooke deserves to be treated his way. Screw him.

  19. budvw14 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    The thing with Cooke is that he is no longer a repeat offender, as those who actually read the new collective bargaining agreement know. Any player who hadn’t received any form of supplemental discipline with 18 months of the agreement being signed had their records cleared. So as far as the NHL is concerned. Matt Cooke has a clean record. The refs may not view it that way, but the NHLDPS views it as such. Which is why the hit wasn’t reviewed.

  20. bruinsfan1953 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    What’s that? Is that a Matt Cooke rule too , for a scumbag he sure has a lot of rules named after him

  21. hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    For anyone who thinks the hit wasn’t worthy of a misconduct please go read the NHL rulebook for this year

  22. spitfisher - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Here I am thinking Cooke saw Jesus’s reflection in the glass on the other side of McQuaid, cooke went to give him a hug….just a simple misunderstanding of McQuaid being in the way.

    On a side not there are some seriously ill informed posters regarding the rules and yet some that are clueless, hockeywithdrawel did you even watch the game?

  23. poonerman - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    pens in eight!

    • tescosuicide - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Haha! If Boston shuts those sissies out again tonight, I may actually become a Boston fan.

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