The Stat Line Of The Night — 2/8/11 — Drew Stafford
Pens’ Matt Cooke Drills Blue Jackets’ Fedor Tyutin From Behind (Video)
“It’s Matt Cooke. Need we say more?” Boudreau said. “It’s not like it’s his first rodeo. He’s done it to everybody. And then he goes to the ref and says ‘What did I do?’ He knows what he did. There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s good at it.”
You can see that knee here.
Fast forward to last night’s game between the Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, where the Matt Cooke cheap-shot parade continued to roll on. This time he was busy taking out Blue Jackets’ defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind before asking the referee, “What did I do?” That blatant act of disregard for the safety of an opposing player earned the Pens’ winger a 5-minute charging penalty to go along with a 5-minute fighting major after he was confronted by the Jackets’ Derick Brassard.
Somehow Tyutin was not injured on the play. Just as shocking is the fact that Cooke was not ejected from the game, but the Blue Jackets would have the last laugh as they beat the Penguins by a score of 4-1.
Cooke is set to face a disciplinary hearing from the league on Wednesday, and a history of dirty hits like this one could earn him a rather stiff penalty. With the Penguins already playing short-handed due to several injuries to key players, a suspension for Cooke would be quite significant. Although, I am still wondering how long it will be before the players of the league take it upon themselves to deliver their own form of punishment to Matt Cooke for his continued reckless abandon on the ice.