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Video: Wild’s Cooke levels Rangers’ Zuccarello with hard hit

Dec 22, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Matt Cooke, with a reputation for being a nasty, dirty hockey player, delivered a thunderous body check Sunday night.

Cooke caught New York Rangers’ left-winger Mats Zuccarello with a big hit near the end boards just after Zuccarello had reversed the puck behind the net late in the first period.

Zuccarello bounced right back up to his feet, while Rangers’ defenseman John Moore jumped in to confront Cooke.

The only penalties handed out on the play were to Moore for roughing and Minnesota’s Kyle Brodziak for unsportsmanlike conduct.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Clean, solid hit. Glad Cooke finally found a way to still hit players but do it clean. Solid player.

    • hockey412 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:44 PM

      Agreed. Cleanest big hit I’ve seen all year. Wish he was still in Pittsburgh.

      • c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        i really wish he was still in pittsburgh. hard guy too replace. how do you get a guy like him that scores 15 goals and 35 points? kills penalties, pisses the other team off, plays great two way hockey, fast tough forechecker, great teammate and experienced winner and leader.

        one of the more under rated players in the league for all he brings.

      • 950003cups - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        A tad late, but nothing dirty at all. I still have a lot of distaste for Cooke. But that check is the ones he’s should be continuing to do. Not slicing Achilles tendons or blind side elbows to players heads.

  2. killerpgh - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    I was expecting a bigger/cheaper hit than that. Seems like no real story with this every day/every game type hit.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Your right, however, Cooke’s reputation proceeds him. Even if he has cleaned his game up.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:51 AM


      • rrsm53 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:55 AM

        guess the grammar police are watching.

      • c9castine - Dec 23, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        i gave you a thumbs down not because of what you said being untrue but the fact that people need to get over their scapegoating of matt cooke.

        there is ton of players in this league that are as bad as him when he was in his “prime” and have been playing that way for the last 3 years while he has played quality clean hockey.

  3. statsdolie - Dec 22, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Good hard hit. Nothing to else to see here. Moving on

  4. bdywrks - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Anyone who still thinks Cooke is a dirty player hasn’t watched him in the last 3 years. He’s changed his game.

  5. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Clean hit. This is the kinda hit that belongs in hockey.

  6. steelers88 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    This is the problem with the NHL now. Why does every solid clean hit have to be answered with a fight? I mean I can understand if it was a dirty hit but not a clean one. This is the problem with players policing the game. I mean going after every player that makes a clean hit is rediculuis. I guess the players can’t man up and just admit that it was a good hockey hit.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      Agreed. Should be an automatic two, five, and a ten for a guy that insists on fighting someone who just threw a good hit.

      • hosewater2 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Completely agree, that’s a textbook instigator on Moore and was not called as such.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        this is the problem with your logic…

        No one fought. Sure moore wanted to, but no one fought. The ref gave moore a penalty for acting a-fool… What more do you want?

        And this is for hosewater: There was no fight. Moore ended up being penalized, but unless there is a fight, there can be no instigator penalty. How thick can you get?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Guys going after players who have just thrown clean hits is bad for the flow of the game and just plain annoying. If there is no fight then give him a two for unsportsmanlike or delay of game and a ten for being a jerk. Guys might be less willing to do it if they know they’ll be sitting for a while even if the gloves don’t come off.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        He DID get penalized though. I don’t understand the gripe…

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        The “gripe” is that the off-chance of receiving the extra or only minor penalty does nothing to stop this kind of ridiculousness.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:43 AM

        Okay… as the rules are written though, nothing was done wrong by the officials. Calm down, chief.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        Can you read? I said this stuff “should be” penalized differently.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 24, 2013 at 12:10 PM

        Why? It already harms the team, and usually players that do it get an earfull from the coaches for putting them down a man. I really dont think this is the issue you’re making it.

        Also, insults are always a good way to get people to see your point. Also, I was being sarcastic just now.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 24, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        What insults? You made a point that makes no sense in the context of this thread, which raises questions about whether or not you’re even reading what was written.

        I can tell you’re just dying for that last word, so it’s all yours. Merry Christmas!

    • strictlythedanks - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      Could not agree more. Ballard had to deal with the same thing the other night after throwing a miraculous hip check on kobasew.

      • hockey412 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        The hit was on Neal…and it’s a little different only because it was Neal himself that had a problem with the low hit (not saying it was or wasn’t, only that it was called a low hit on the ice) and he got up and asked Ballard to go, and he obliged. He didn’t get jumped from someone else on the ice.

        I was actually glad to see Neal handle it that way instead of getting retribution.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        he hit kobasew on the boards with a good hip check in the first period. he had to answer for it, i don’t blame neal later but the kobasew one was a bit of a headscratcher. it was early in the game still so maybe kobasew wanted to send a message back. ballard didnt get the message though apparently as he laid the dirty one on neal later and got his ass kicked again for it.

      • hockey412 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Sorry – didn’t realize the ahole did it twice, must have missed the first hit/fight. Even then, it was Kobasew that went after him, not someone else. But I do agree with your point.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM


    Dying for page clicks huh?

  8. vstar1us - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Cool, but when they get their ass kicked by the worst team in the NHL it really don’t matter.
    I use to say the Wild us the best AHL team in the N H L but now I don’t want to insult the AHL

    I will not be a Wild season ticket holder next year

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Not to be judgmental, but I’m going to be anyways, with your grammar and/or use of words, I’m guessing your either: a 15 year old boy who wishes he could afford season tickets or your a 35 year old who lives in your mothers’ basement wishing you had a job that would give you the ability to own season tickets.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        If you’re going to pick on grammar yours shouldn’t also be garbage.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:01 AM

        *you’re either
        *or: you’re a
        *mother’s (unless he has lesbian mothers)

        Also, a few more periods and commas wouldn’t hurt…

    • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      The rangers aren’t the worst team in the NHL. Buffalo hold’s that dubious distinction.

      • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM


        I figured I’d correct it myself before douchejhaegs points it out.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM

        I’m doing it because the idiot called someone on their grammar, while having horrible grammar himself. I’ll stop correcting your boyfriend. Sorry…

      • cofran2004 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Truthfully, I didn’t notice it was the same guy until you pointed that out. Apologies. Either way, seeing a page full of corrections to other peoples’ grammar is relatively annoying.

        However, I will admit it was pretty damned funny at first.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        No worries. There have been a lot of “you have bad grammer” comments lately, and they just crack me up.

  9. bigbadbruins77 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    I was about to say I’d love to get my hands on cooke… but that was a good hit. He’s definitely changed his game but I’d still like to scrap with him :)

    • strictlythedanks - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      What are you, suicidal?

      • bigbadbruins77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

        3 years of college. Going for my masters in intelligence studies, hundreds of hours in emergency management, and military leadership/schools. Nice try though. Pardon my Grammer while I type in my phone, douce :p

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM


      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:23 AM


      • jpelle82 - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        they must just hand out master’s degrees like candy these days. emergency management… let me guess…national guard?

    • bigbadbruins77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      No. But I have 6 inches and 55 lbs on him. And much more fights and training. I’m positive I could put a whopping on him. I’ve gone against much tougher.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        Not much schooling though, eh?

      • bigbadbruins77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM

        See above. ..

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:19 AM

        Well, I looked again, and you still sound stupid.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        I’ll kick your ass easily. See how easy that is.

      • pensnr1fan - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

        this is your typical Bruins fan….must know Shawn Thornton….

      • bigbadbruins77 - Dec 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        jhaegs, you’re a troll and you can take your grammar corrections to a non hockey board. I’m well aware of what I see on here and how to use proper grammar and punctuation. I’ve wrote hundreds of papers and write reports daily for 1-2 star Generals. People use their cell phones on here moron. Mods, please make these boards better and get rid of these guys that don’t even talk hockey and have nothing to do with their pathetic lives than to troll. Yes, National Guard medevac and proud of it. Not to mention working as a federal employee as well in my States emergency operations center. Take your grammar to some more education boards, it’s not like we are debating the origin the of universe, life, and string theory versus M-theory. Please refrain from these pathetic childish insults, unless someone says “your an idiot”, then sure, game on…

        Jimmie Johnson really? First off NASCAR?! Really…I shouldn’t even respond to a Nascar fan, especially on these boards, but what the hell, I’m feeling generous today. No where did I see anyone saying they can “kick his ass easily”, it was stated the size advantage and 9 years training advantage and over 10 fights. To be fair, I’d lose to him on skates. I play hockey 3-4 days a week, but am no pro at hockey fighting on skates. I’d still like to go with him a few rounds on feet though.

        @pensfan1, no I don’t know Shawn Thorton, or any bruins for that matter, but he’s a pretty good boxer and actually trains in combat sports. Still mad about last years sweep or something? Or losing this years regular season series sting that much more? Because I don’t understand your comment/issue about being a typical bruins fan. I don’t see it being a big deal having someone say they’d like to go with Cooke and think they would have an advantage based on size and their extensive combat sports training back ground, but hey, to each their own I guess.

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        I picked on you because you started acting like a tough guy. Only tools talk about fighting players and list their stats on a forum. I guess talking about your career and fighting people pertains to hockey though, right? I talk plenty of hockey on here, but sometimes people need to be put in their place. By the way, I post ALL of my comments from an iphone. It causes the occasional misspell or incorrect “auto-correct”, but it’s no excuse for bad grammar. If you’re not going to take the time to write a comment correctly, it’s probably not worth writing at all. Not to mention, you come off as an uneducated goon.

  10. steelers88 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    I love the NHL, but I’m actually getting turned off by all the dirty hits and cheap plays. I’m also getting turned off by the players policing the game. The lack of respect in the NHL this year is horrible.

  11. indianhead1992 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Good clean hit but when cooke hits someone hard, teammates are going to think it was dirty. I wouldn’t say Cooke has been clean the last 3 years… remember the Karlson play? Not saying it was fully intentional but no need to be stepping like that on hits.

  12. bruinpred - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    The cool thing about the NHL is you can ruin someone’s career and then “clean up your act” and then people will defend you, not taking into account that the change was purely due to $$$ and not any new found respect for other players or the game. Cooke is and always will be a trash.

    • dirt2013 - Dec 22, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Didn’t think too highly of ULF either I guess?

      • pensnr1fan - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        probably too young to see him play !!

  13. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Nice hit. Cooke is an effective player when he focuses on playing hockey.

  14. jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Didn’t he just slice Karlsson’s Achilles tendon in February?

    • pensnr1fan - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      ottawa fan still whining I see..get over it Ottawa still sucks….

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:52 PM

        Blues fan, and hater of dirty players…

  15. greej1938l - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Eye feels lik imma gewd spelllerr

    • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Did the Zuccarello died?

  16. montrealbbr - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Clean hit. Weird how he cleans his play up once he leaves Pittsburgh.

  17. ash0war - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    He cleaned up his play two years in Pittsburgh.

    • montrealbbr - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      So last year when he was still a penguin and sliced Karlssons achilles tendon didnt count?

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

        I just went back and watched that, I don’t think Cooke intentionally tried to injure Karlsson. Let’s not make him out to be Marty McSorley or Todd Bertuzzi

      • jhaegs - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

        Like Dustin Brown, after you’ve done so many cheap shots, you start to perfect the “it was an accident” look. I’ve played hockey, and I’ve never had the urge to run my skate up the back of someone’s leg during a check.

      • pensnr1fan - Dec 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        that was purely an accident and he didn’t get anything from it….get over yourself.

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