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Video: Cooke scores in Wild debut, albeit controversially

Oct 3, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Matt Cooke and controversy often go together — but not in the context of scoring a goal.

On Thursday, they did.

Cooke, playing in his first regular-season game with the Wild, deflected a Kyle Brodziak shot past Jonathan Quick for the opening tally against the Kings — only Cooke appeared to direct it with his skate.

Here’s the video:

The NHL’s situation room ruled it a good goal, and later followed with this explanation:

At 1:04 of the first period in the Kings/Wild game, video review confirmed the referee’s call on the ice that Kyle Brodziak’s shot deflected off Matt Cooke’s skate and into the net in a legal fashion.

The determining factor was that the speed of the puck propelled it into the net and that Cooke’s skate only redirected it.

According to Rule 49.2 “A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player’s skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal.”

Good goal Minnesota.

The decision came as a surprise to many, including Fox Sports North analyst and ex-NHLer Ben Clymer:


  1. valoisvipers - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Great for Cooke, maybe some of those Cooke haters in Minnie will have a change of heart.

    • lordfletcher - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      I hated Cooke of old, got over it during his stay at Pitts.

      Happy he is on this team for two reasons

      1. we never have to play against him, even though his game has changed greatly from old

      2. He is an upgrade over Clutterbuck, and Nino for Clutter is amazing value!!!!

      Go wild

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      @ valio, nope

      • valoisvipers - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        They will.

    • blomfeld - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM


      • hockey412 - Oct 4, 2013 at 8:04 AM

        You’re not though, right?

    • bauxjangles - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Why would this change how people feel about Cooke? Cause he can play soccer too?

    • c9castine - Oct 4, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      minnesota you guys can always send him back to pittsburgh. well take him back in a friggin heartbeat.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        Nope, we want him.

  2. killerpgh - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Tough one to call. If the NHL wants to increase scoring just allow goals to be kicked in. In theory I can understand the fear of allowing player to use the skates and a kicking motion, but its not like players aren’t “kicking” pucks as the rule states now. Plus it will take out a lot of controversial goals/non-goals like this one.

    • bauxjangles - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:02 AM

      I don’t think they want to encourage kicking skates around goalies, especially if there is a dog pile in front of the crease…

    • hazlydose - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      I don’t think kicking could be allowed under all circumstances. Its much to big of a player safety issue to have guys swinging razorblades around in the crease. Some European leagues allow kicking if it is outside of the crease though.

  3. porkchopexpress1969 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Looked like a kicking motion to me. The announcers thought so also after the top down view. Bad call

    • lordfletcher - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      I personally thought he was trying to move his foot more than kick, but I would have been okay with the call either way. Glad it favored my favorite team but if the rule states a distinct kicking motion, I don’t think you can say with 100% certainty that is was more kick than turn of the ankle.

      whatever, it happened and there’s plenty of game left. Go Wild!

      screw Brown

      • bauxjangles - Oct 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Screw Cooke

      • cheesesteak75 - Oct 4, 2013 at 6:09 AM

        Screw you!

  4. steelers88 - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Cookie monster strikes!

  5. sabatimus - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Blatant kick. Refs are in rare form so far this season.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    You’re allowed to turn your foot to direct the puck in, which is what he did. It actually needs to be a kick to be negated.

    • bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      I saw a kicking motion but it was pretty 50/50. I’ll take a win over a call going the kings’ way.

  7. ronniethec - Oct 3, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Doesn’t matter. Two points for the Kings.

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