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No discipline for Cooke or Bolland after iffy Game 1 hits

Jun 2, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

Matt Cooke, Adam McQuaid Getty Images

Yesterday’s pair of Game 1’s saw a suspicious hit in each of them and they’re both going to go without further discipline.

Chicago’s Dave Bolland hit Los Angeles’ Mike Richards with a high hit that appeared to see Bolland leave his feet to make. The hit left Richards dazed but’s Pierre LeBrun reports Bolland won’t see further action from the league for it, however. Bolland was not penalized for the hit during the game and felt it was a good hit.

Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke hit Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid from behind into the boards, earning him a five-minute major and a game misconduct while also touching off hostilities between the two teams. McQuaid wasn’t injured on the play and coach Dan Bylsma didn’t think the play deserved a major penalty.’s Joe Haggerty reports Cooke also won’t see further discipline from the league for the hit. Don’t expect everyone to forget about the hit, however, as Monday night’s Game 2 should be brimming with angst.

  1. capsrockva - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    I saw that hit It’s cooke at his best dirty ass player

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Move on!

      • whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        Savard would like to but he’s STILL got symptoms.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        then he should have been playing checkers for a living. he’s not the only one who has seen his career cut short. have you ever heard of Steve Moore? Like I said, move on.

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        Then maybe he shouldn’t have come back so soon & absorbed another hit (NOT from Cooke) that aggravated his symptoms.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        fbothharbaughs, are you referring to Moore?

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Sucks for savard. Meanwhile Cooke is playing a large role for his team in the ECF. Life’s not fair, didn’t mommy teach you that?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        You sound like Crosby. Why?

    • sabatimus - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      As I said yesterday, Thornton will sort this sack of fertilizer (thanks, Vin!) out.

    • mmmpierogi - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM


      Did you not also see the Marchand hit, because I don’t see you commenting on that? More likely — if the Marchand hit HAD been a Penguin hitting a Bruin, though, I’m sure you’d be more than willing to share your two cents on the matter.

      • capsrockva - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Yes I saw it. It wasn’t nearly as bad as cooke’s hit. IT just was vintage Cooke at it’s best

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Moron alert.

    • pens5829 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      The only discipline that should be handed out for this play is the idiot that called it a game misconduct. Way to be a partial official moron.

  2. penwhale - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    If game 2 will flare, just think about game 3.

    Especially if Bruins are up 2-0.

    • sabatimus - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      I think it’s time to break out the death metal. And no, no deathcore posers please.

  3. maalea - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    The Pens looked like a bunch of petulant crybabies.

    They need to play fast and not try and out tough the B’s.

  4. clavette - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    so because mcquaid wasnt injured theres no suspension?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Let it go! Bs won and game 2 is tomorrow. Stop sounding like the Pens.

    • Florio's Lawyer - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Nah, it’s probably because they realized the hypocrisy of not ejecting Marchand too…

    • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      If you’re gonna go there, then suspend “The Little Turd of Hate” for his identical hit on Neal from behind…

      • gallyhatch - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Two completely different hits. . . . is this the first hockey game you’ve ever watched in your life?

      • fbothharbaughs - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        2 completely different hits? Both players hit the opposing player between the numbers while both players were facing the boards. & I’ve watched enough hockey to know Marchand’s no saint…

  5. whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    The league once again fails to grasp the big picture with the human stain wearing #24. This guy shouldn’t even be allowed in an NHL arena. Guy ruins lives and gets off on it.

    A few hushed threats behind closed doors and we’re supposed to believe he’s found God? How naive do you think we are, NHL?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Maybe you should find something meaningful to say. He got 5 and a game misconduct, Bs lead 1 – zip and are in position to go back to B town with 2 wins. Just move on. Is it that difficult to let go?

      • whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        The dirtiest player in the league has the Penguins logo on his paychecks. That meaningful enough for you?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        what’s wrong with you? Are you Marc Savard? If not the Pens then it would have been another team. Big deal! Let it go. I’m sorry for every player who’s lost their health, and some cases their lives during the course of earning their keep. This is not something that is exclusive to hockey, and Savard is one of many. This is going to happen when you play a contact sport, more so where speed is involved in a confined area. So! Move on!

      • Florio's Lawyer - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        ..apparently you’ve never seen or heard of the Flyers…

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Maybe, just mayyyybe, the league isn’t the one missing the big picture?

  6. killerpgh - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Surprised. Not because of the actual hit because it wasn’t suspension worthy, but because of the name of the back of the sweeter.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      You sound just like the Pens.

      • killerpgh - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        Which one of the Penguins said that? Maybe you should type the same thing a few more times to really get your point across….

    • soj83 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      With Torres being suspended last series, it was a surprise. The Sharks should be the most upset of anyone right now.

  7. steelpenbucs87 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    It wasn’t a suspension worthy hit IMO. It wasn’t a great hit, and it was definitely boarding – misconduct is fine

    Going to be a hell of a series.

  8. drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    i thought it was a good clean check. ratheads was dirty. the pens do have to play with more discipline and defense has to play a helluva lot better. that was a carbon cipy of the philly game from last year only bruins are eons better than the flyers were or are.

    • gallyhatch - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      If you thought that was a good clean check, then you don’t know what you’re talking about, stop embarrassing yourself.

      • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        nah, dom’t think im doing that. solid body check. mcquaid embellished the hit.

  9. drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    pens in 6.

  10. withseidelinn - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Neither hit was dirty, it’s that simple.

    • drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      you know. your probably right.

  11. cavafox - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    McQuaid should get a prime time Emmy for his acting job on that hit. If Neal was half the diver that McQaid was then Marchand would have gotten a 5 and misconduct. Marchand, who, unlike Cooke, has a recent history of dirty hits.

    The refs were an absolute joke last night. Best part was when Bergeron is on a breakaway and Letang gets interfered with trying to backcheck and no call.

  12. 8man - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Cooke has a history as a sloppy and dangerous player. But you can’t punish history. McQuaid returned. Cooke missed the remainder of the game. And now he’s on the refs’ and the league’s radar. I’m sure he has little, if any, wiggle room. Let’s see what happens if he does it again….I’m okay with where we are.

    Go Bs!

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      You can punish history, and it happens all the time. Cooke is in the same file as Torres. They’re two of the players that get extra scrutiny because of their past play.

      Plenty of other players got that for their actions too. Avery for his douchebaggery. Holmstrom for being anywhere within 2 feet of the goal crease. The evidence is overwhelming that players develop reputations and then pay for those reputations. That’s always been the case. That’s the case now.

  13. govtminion - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I’ll settle for being glad neither player was injured.

  14. cadlow - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    I’m surprised…not because I wanted him suspended, but because I assumed the league would try and defuse the series by eliminating a “major” instigator from the ice. Maybe thankfully they are going to let the teams play. When the time is right McQuade or any one of the other bruins will take care of it on the ice.
    In my opinion ” I think that was why they initially gave him the game misconduct. Not neccessarily for the hit but to try and defuse the game.
    So now Cooke will play and hopefully the pens will once again try to establish themselves as the top bully on the playground.
    Don’t Poke the Bear.

  15. drone501 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    the pens showed that they can play a physical game with any team in the playoffs. i just hope they settle down and get back to their game. by the way, did brandon sutter dress for the game last night.

    • habssuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Ya, and we saw what happened when they tried, their offensive game was horrible. They are too worried about out physicalling the B’s and I hope it stays that way. The Pens will be beat and beat up.

  16. matthews4 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    therealdeal18..So when exactly are you going to stop trolling by wishing for people’s death, be a man sac up and admit when your wrong, stop acting like your captain with “look what he did so that makes what I do alright attitude”. In typical NHL fashion it’s the who and not the what. If Lucic crushed Crosby like that, all of you would be saying suspension. If Malkin hit let’s say Horton like Marchy hit Neal(who BTW isn’t exactly Mr. Clean) you would be saying good hockey play and Horton to a dive. People we are fans of our team and have a little bias but come on now

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      Well you finally admitted you’re biased! Good job Matthews. Don’t recall wishing for anyone’s death but continue to make things up I’m ok with it. By the way every time I respond to you I feel like mr. Feenie from boy meets world, such a good show.

      • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Also, every time you try to make an argument against me you constantly use “IF’s”. Try not making assumptions when you build an argument, and base it on factual events.

      • matthews4 - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        . “Literally though get a ride home I wouldn’t want you driving as wasted as you are…. unless you crash into marchands car and you both go spiraling off a bridge.” Who wrote that classy response? That would pretty much kill some one Troll. Still no response about Cooke, Focus nobody wants to read this back and forth stuff. Where you wrong about Cooke? Was that not the original argument? Has nothing to do with bias on my part pal. The FACT is Cooke got tossed. BTW that is called insight and based on the FACTS how is it working for me now? I couldn’t have been more right. Seriously get help man you don’t even remember what you post

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Someones getting wound up, feeding the troll buddy. “By the way in my opinion, not that you asked, cookes hit was worth the five but definitely not a game misconduct, his history earned that though. Marchands hit was JUST AS dirty, deserving of a five (because Cooke got a five earlier, it’s called precedent) but no more.” — Thats from this same post, and on another post I said I STILL believe cooke is changed. What more do you want me to say about cooke, admit I’m wrong? No? Shouldn’t let ‘trolls’ get in ur head matthews. Have a good one, look forward to annoying you just as much after game 2 bro :)

  17. pmonte3122 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Clean hit

  18. Florio's Lawyer - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Call it what it is.
    McQuaid dove.
    The guy literally gets carried off the ice, then magically reappears only minutes after the penalty was over.

    Boston must be the only team in the league that actually sets practice time aside for diving lessons:

    • stakex - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      Its called getting the wind knocked out of you. Ever watch a football game (American football, not soccer) and see where a player is down on the field and needs a lot of help getting off…. only to be out there two plays later? Happens all the time in contact sports.

    • mornelithe - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Eh? McQuaid didn’t get carried off the ice, he skated off, and walked down the ramp under his own power. I think you saw the tail-end of the replay they were showing at the time, of the Savard hit by Cooke.

    • whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Ignoring that RIDICULOUS dive by that fruitcake Letang are we? Pittsburgh’s one of the more dive happy teams in the league and certainly the whiniest. Don’t kid yourself, bud.

  19. dreadpiratesteve - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    And yet Raffi Torres gets suspended for an entire series for a lesser hits.

    Good Ol’ Shanny continues to punish the outcome and not the play itself…

    • crashq - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:56 PM


  20. stakex - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    If its any other player who delivered the hit, I wouldn’t mind the lack of suspension. Its a nasty, dirty hit…. but its the playoffs and no one was injured.

    However, its Cooke. A guy with a long and ugly history of intentionally trying to hurt people. McQuaid had his back to Cooke the entire time, and Cooke didn’t care… he drove him into the boards from behind anyway. This wasn’t a split second choice gone bad… it was a well thought out dirty hit by a guy who does it like none other. The NHL has said in the past that a players record is the biggest factor when handing out punishment…. and Cookes record should have earned him at least a couple games for this.

    Then again, we’ve heard the “Cooke’s a changed man” line a hundred times from the NBC announcers over the last couple years. The NHL loves that story…. and suspending Cooke would all but kill it.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      That’s a nice rant. Next time just say “wahhhh” and save yourself the time – we will still understand.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      you too stakex? You sound just like Crosby.

  21. hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I’m shocked Cooke isn’t suspended. I don’t necessarily think he should have been but wow is the office unpredictable.

  22. steelers88 - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    This is actually Mcquaid’s fault. Yes Cooke shouldn’t have hit Mcquaid. But Mcquaid turned his head just before Cooke hit him so Mcquaid put himself in a vulnerable position.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      you are absolutely correct. it was a nasty boarding check after McQ did a bonehead move. He deserved the hit (and i say that because he wasn’t injured). when will these pros learn to stop putting themselves in a vulnerable position? Protect yourself before the puck.

      • crybabycrosby - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

        what are you even saying? You clearly do not know your hockey, after reading some of your comments it has become evident that you’re a moron. Quit trying to defend the dirtiest player in the nhl. He’s a wannabe tough guy and not an important part to your defenseless team.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        Why are you sounding like your handle?

  23. gallyhatch - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Do people who think it was a clean hit, or at least cleaner than Marchand’s hit actually watch hockey?

    I don’t feel the need to insult the Pittsburgh trolls, they do a great job looking stupid on their own.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      So you insult them in the first sentence then in the next you recognize the fact that they’re not worth insulting? And I’m pretty sure drones post was to get a reaction, and that steelers88 guy is one of those trolls who makes his name look like he likes a team then posts stupid things to try and tarnish the fan base. By the way in my opinion, not that you asked, cookes hit was worth the five but definitely not a game misconduct, his history earned that though. Marchands hit was JUST AS dirty, deserving of a five (because Cooke got a five earlier, it’s called precedent) but no more.

      • gallyhatch - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        I didn’t think it was as much of an insult as it was a legitimate question. Cooke’s hit was worse. Marchand deserved a penalty, no doubt but his hit was not the same.

        I think the game misconduct was as much proactive as it was reactive, to keep the game from spiraling out of control. I’m not saying it was the right or wrong move, I think that’s why it was done. (obviously, like you said, his history plays into that).

        I’m fine with no suspension here, I don’t think a suspension is justified after getting the game misconduct.

    • therealdeal18 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      K man I think we generally are in agreeance, except on the marchand penalty but thats a difference of opinion. As far as cooke being ejected to keep the game from spiraling out of control thats another topic. The game was in pretty solid control and got significantly sloppier AFTER marchand’s hit. If the refs were about being proactive then they should have sent a message on marchand’s hit as well, in my opinion because it’s not like marchand’s history is too much better than cooke’s.

  24. sjsharks66 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    It was a 2 minute board. 5 minutes for the name. No reason to suspend Cooke.
    As for the Bolland hit. You have to be kidding me. Anytime a player lays a big hit on a king they have a chance at a hearing.

    I dont remember king getting a hearing for boarding petrangelo…or a 5 min penalty. Or brown getting a hearing for his knee against the coyotes.

    Oh well. Lesson is, dont hit kings. They’re very fragile.

  25. spochiefsfan - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Cooke’s hit on McQuaid wasn’t clean but I don’t think it warrants a suspension. Mostly because I think McQuaid indeed saw him coming and chose not to further protect himself from impending contact. Especially since you’ve gotta know when it’s Matt Cooke coming. Dirty or not, he’s hitting hard.
    The hit on Neal was borderline boarding but a good call nonetheless.
    That being said, I have to agree that Torres and company are a little baffled at the lack of suspension.

  26. ironmike778 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Way too much is being made of the Cooke hit and the Marchand hit. They were boarding, folks. That’s all. Let’s get a grip.

  27. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I wonder if the Bruins will pay off the refs for game 2

  28. tampaskinsfan - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    All these B’s fans whining while calling the Pens players whiners. Didn’t your mommies teach you that two wrongs don’t make a right? Your team one the game and that’s what matters.

  29. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I just took a massive $hit. I’d post a picture of it on here, but everybody already knows what Shanahan looks like.

  30. eqracer - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Chicago’s Dave Bolland hit on Los Angeles’ Mike Richards was dirty hit. He left his feet, Minimally, should’ve been charging and instead of Kings getting tripping penalty, they go a man up and tie game. No penalty was a bad call

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