Bruins Fans Harass Penguins Forward Matt Cooke in the Penalty Box (Video)
Penguins forward Matt Cooke used to be the dirtiest player in the NHL, known more for the cheap headshots he dealt to opponents than anything he did with a stick or puck. However, since receiving his last suspension back at the end of the 2010-11 season, the guy really has changed his ways. He worked with Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma to study video of his hits and learn how to play a different, legal kind of physical game. As a result, by the end of last season, Cooke had a career-high in goals (19) and a career-low in penalty minutes (44). So these days, if you feel the need to call somebody, “the dirtiest player in the NHL,” go ahead and give the title to Raffi Torres.
Of course, you can’t tell any of that to the Boston Bruins and their fans. To them, Matt Cooke will always be the piece of garbage who ruined the career of Marc Savard with an elbow to the head on March 7, 2010. And, really, you can’t blame them. Sports is no fun if you forgive and forget. Rivalries depend on a good memory, and that is something the people of Boston do not lack.
So when Cooke took a penalty in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night in Boston, the reception he received from Bruins fans seated behind the penalty box should come as no surprise.
Check it out:
The guy who thought it was all so hilarious and was trying to capture it on his phone kind of ruined the effect a little bit, but all-in-all this was still pretty great.
That being said, it’s not the Bruins fans, but the Bruins players who are exacting the best revenge—by mopping the ice with Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. Thanks to a double-overtime win last night, they hold a commanding 3-0 series lead.