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Video: Benn elbows Cooke in head, no call

Jan 19, 2014, 12:58 AM EDT

Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn delivered an elbow to the head of Minnesota’s Matt Cooke during the Wild’s 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.

There was no penalty on the play, much to Cooke’s dismay. You can see the incident below:

Given that Cooke is the victim, some people will allow that to color their judgement.

Cooke does have a lengthy suspension history and while he hasn’t gotten in trouble nearly as often in recent years, he’s still been the center of some controversies. It was less than a year ago that Cooke was being attacked by accusations that he deliberately cut Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson‘s Achilles tendon with his skate.

A hit to the head is still a hit to the head though, regardless of who is on the receiving end of it and even though Benn hasn’t been punished for his actions yet, he still might be.

  1. Stiller43 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    Might be? Its the kind of thing they NEED to eradicate from the game…regardless who its done against. 3 games (if benn has no history) seems right.

    • 950003cups - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      The only thing they need to eradicate from hockey is Matt Cooke. He has paybacks coming from all teams. The NHL felt it was ok to allow him to stay, NOW THEY WILL REAP THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR BLIND EYES!!! There will be many more hits to Cooke’s coconut to be seen. This is what the NHL (and Bettman) gets for getting on their knees and licking Mario Lemieux’s bongholio all those years.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Huge irony – Matt C has apparently cleaned up his act. Benn is playing on a team with a big losing streak and losing this game.

    CLEARLY intentional, and the history of the player on the receiving end should make no difference.

    This should get a Shannaban review.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    That was pretty bad. Cooke got right back up though. So guess what, no suspension coming Benn’s way. Which is WRONG!

  4. drone501 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    cookie will remember. wish he were still with the pens.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    What goes around comes around

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:56 AM

      which is the same reason that you are still livin in your parents basement, hoarding cats.

      • thomasvanek - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        ooooohhh good one. Very relevant and makes a ton of sense.

      • micasa81 - Jan 19, 2014 at 2:16 AM

        I liked the hoarding cats bit.

      • mcphillthy - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        The hording cats bit won me over too

  6. aklolzer - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Love it. Wish he was laying motionless on the ice for the rest of the night.

    • claudegirwho - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      And your any better then Cooke for that comment you just made?

  7. peopletrains - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Benn was beat to the puck on the game winning goal so any satisfaction from the cheap shot was short lived. Punk move nonetheless.

  8. lofty35 - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Classy comment, aklolzer

  9. youcallthathockeyblog - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Someone in a dark room…. Marc Savard jumped up and cheered like his team won game 7 of the cup final

  10. strictlythedanks - Jan 19, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    Benns no better than dustin clown brown

  11. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    Unbelievable no-call. Blatant and deliberate, especially with the high follow through as he throws his elbow out. From one of the replays here it is clear that one of the refs was looking right at the hit. Benn isn’t the only one that should be getting fined for this.

  12. rushledger - Jan 19, 2014 at 4:47 AM

    Hope he’s alright.

  13. bgord - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    The only thing Benn did wrong was not use both elbows. Cooke is a complete joke. How does it feel when the cheap shots happen to you?

  14. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:02 AM


  15. edseverson3 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I thought hockey fans were better than football fans. They seemed to be more appreciative and knowledgeable about the game. But then I read comments that completely debunk that idea.

  16. thesportsjudge - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Bad no call.

    did anyone else notice the hook he gave after looking around for the call though?
    Looks like he hasn’t totally changed.

    • killerpgh - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Hooking!!! Really? Because a player who was know as a head hunter hooks a player you use that to say he hasn’t changed.

      • thesportsjudge - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

        Oh NOW you admit he was known as a headhunter? Guess that didn’t apply when he played there, eh?

      • killerpgh - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        Show me where/when I said he wasn’t a player that crossed the line while he was with the Penguins. Keep assuming. Cooke got away with a lot of stuff. Also got nailed from a lot of stuff just for being Matt Cooke. Either way he brought that on himself.

      • mcphillthy - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:39 PM


    • jaythehelmetguy - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Yeah what vicious hook /sarcasm

      • thesportsjudge - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        Where did I say “vicious?’ I see why you are “thehelmetguy” as you obviously need one for your “special” condition. Enjoy primo parking for the rest of your life.

  17. killerpgh - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    I would be surprised if anything happens to Benn. Not that I agree with it, but Cooke made his bed and now he has to lay in it. Cooke has received a fair amount of cheap shots and I don’t think any have been looked at.

  18. benrob99 - Jan 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    God, 85% of the people who comment on this site are COMPLETE idiots.

  19. kingcobraman - Jan 20, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    referees have good memories ,and sometimes have one eye open and one eye closed, in other words the see what they want to see…

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