Marc Savard Stretchered Off The Ice After A Dirty Matt Cooke Hit
Cutting across the middle of the ice has never been a good idea in the NHL. Especially when Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is on the ice. He was suspended for two games earlier in the season after delivering a vicious check to the head of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov. Yesterday afternoon Cooke was at it once again.
With the Boston Bruins in town to take on the Pens, Marc Savard was the recipient of a blatant hit to the head from Cooke moments after taking a shot on goal. The Bruins star forward remained motionless on the ice for several minutes and was taken off on a stretcher.
There continues to be a bounty put on players’ heads by other players in the league, but perhaps the NHL disciplinary committee needs to start acting more like the CHL and begin putting a bounty on the heads of players who show a lack of respect for their fellow competitors. Cooke’s earlier two-game suspension was a gift. Marco Scandella received 15 games for a hit to the head of Alexandre Durette. Patrice Cormier was suspended for the entire season after his dirty check on Mikael Tam. Am I the only one who thinks that maybe Cooke deserves the same?