The word on the street was that Matt Cooke was a reformed man, a different player from the one that ended Marc Savard’s career in March 2010.
All speculation of change was killed at 1:32 of the second period of tonight's Eastern Conference Finals opener, however, when Cooke laid a dangerous hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid, putting him into the backwall. The play earned Cooke the rest of the night off, a 5-minute major and 10-minute misconduct forcing him to hit the showers early. McQuaid made a trek for the dressing room after getting up gingerly, but did return.
The waiting game has begun, seeing if Cooke will hear from the league headquarters. Tony Amonte thinks he will, and a suspension will follow for the Penguins left winger.
“I think [Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan] is going to suspend [Cooke],” said Amonte. “Will it be the series? I don’t know.”
What do you think? Should Cooke be suspended? For how long?
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