Bruins may stir something up for Cooke

Fluto Shinzawa

Recipe for retribution at the Garden tonight?

Tonight at TD Garden, the Bruins will have a chance to do something the NHL did not. They can hold Penguins left wing Matt Cooke accountable for the damage he inflicted upon Marc Savard, still left dizzy by the blow to the head he took 11 days ago.

“Savvy’s not doing any better,’’ coach Claude Julien said Tuesday about the Bruins center, whose symptoms include headaches, nausea, and sensitivity to light. “Same thing.’’

Cooke skated without punishment from league disciplinarian Colin Campbell after delivering a blind-side head shot to Savard March 7 at Mellon Arena because the hit, according to the 2009-10 NHL rulebook, was legal. In the wake of the incident, the league’s general managers scripted a proposal for such hits to be penalized. Implementation of the new rule could be fast-tracked through the Competition Committee and Board of Governors before the end of the season.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli believes that had the rule been in place when Cooke launched himself into Savard, the Pittsburgh winger might have been suspended for 10 or more games.

Cooke should be in Pittsburgh’s lineup tonight, and undoubtedly will understand that Savard’s teammates, with the full approval of the Bruins faithful, will be looking to address the issue.

“We play Pittsburgh again?’’ vice president Cam Neely asked with a laugh. “I’m not going to get into what our fans expect. But part of what this game is all about is taking responsibility for the actions that we do. Sometimes, as much as the league wants to get it right, it’s difficult to get it right.’’

5 Responses to Bruins may stir something up for Cooke

  1. leafy says:

    Another incident last night with Seabrook and Wizniewski.

    Hockey is getting more ridiculous each day. They've replaced fighting with head shots.

    It all started with the f*cking instigator rule.

  2. leafy says:

    In the old days, this is what happened when you committed a cheap shot.

    Ask yourself, do you think the recent head shots would have happened if there were consequences like in this old video?

  3. leafy says:

    Here's another clip. Check out what happens when Dave Maloney hits Steve Larmer.  And the hit is minor!

    Now imagine what would happen to Cooke and company if they tried that shit in the old days.

  4. nordiques100 says:

    The bruins should worry less about revenge and more about playing hockey.

    the best revenge would have been 2 points. but no. they came out and played a stinker. 17 shots at home? pathetic. 

    injuries are damaging. but that excuse is a crutch. they had injuries last year too did they not with Bergeron out as well as sturm? but yet the team finished at the top.

    so that excuse cant be used as their convenience. every team uses it. let me rephrase. every team that loses uses it. and really, the team where fans have boasted was the deepest and most talented in the NHL shouldnt even blame injuries.

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    Completely agree….no one said they were the deepest and most talented, did they? lol

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