Marchand calls for Cooke's suspension

Marchand calls for Cooke's suspension
March 21, 2011, 4:56 pm
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By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON -- Some Bruins players didn't want to talk about it. Others said they didn't see it. Another called for disciplinary action. And the coach, well, he didn't even wait for the question to come to him.

"You have to trust your players that they've learned those things, and that they don't let it happen, although, there's certain guys in the league that don't seem to be learning," said Claude Julien, after being asked a question about the end of Brad Marchand's recent two-game suspension.

He was clearly taking jab at Matt Cooke, who has an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Monday at 1:30 p.m. The conversation will be about Cooke's elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh on Sunday.

Already a villain to the Bruins, after last year's elbow to the head of Marc Savard, Cooke's hit was the hot topic in the B's dressing room after Monday's practice at Ristuccia Arena.

"No reaction, no comment, because I think right now, I've got my hands full with trying to get our team back on track," said the Bruins' coach. "This is an opportunity for me to let the league do their job."

Three of Cooke's previous four suspensions have involved a hit to the head or a hit from behind.

Marchand -- who will return from a two-game suspension, Tuesday, for an elbow to R.J. Umberger's head last week -- was more open, about Cooke's latest head shot, than any other Bruins player or coach after Monday's practice.

He said he hopes the league gives Cooke a pretty good suspension.

"I think that it's about time he gets suspended," said Marchand. "He's got to be taught lessons.

"I expect that he'll probably get a bunch of games, but he's got to be taught lessons. You can't be running around doing that stuff all the time. He's going to seriously hurt someone again."

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