02-15-2013, 04:13 PM #41
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02-15-2013, 04:17 PM #42
Cooke's skate should not be off the ice like it is. No need to carry your skate off the ice going into the corner. It appears from the video that Cooke is purposely kneeing Karlson in the @$$, absolutely know doubt about it.Collecting many HOF Cards, Old OPC, Old Parkhurst, Old Topps.
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02-15-2013, 04:48 PM #43
As said in another thread only Cooke knows what his intentions were. On the other hand with his track record he will always be guilty first. I think players like Cooke are cheap and deserve the wrath of any Enforcer.Collecting; Autos, GU'd & RC of Flyers & Red Wings, Brodeur, Cujo, Giroux, Hasek, Nash & Shanahan, 2004-05 Franchises, 2011-12 Enforcers & Broad Street Boys, 2012-13 Motown Madness
02-15-2013, 05:11 PM #44
02-15-2013, 05:25 PM #45
Not at all - my favorite Matt Cooke highlight was the knockout punch he received from Evander Kane, and I'd be happy to see him suffer a taste of his own medicine sometime.
All I'm saying is that in this case, unlike a knee-to-knee blow or elbow to the head, determining intention is difficult. He's not the only player to use his knee to keep an opponent against the boards, and frankly it would take some serious skill in real-time to bring your blade down inside someone's skate.
02-15-2013, 05:36 PM #46
02-15-2013, 07:49 PM #47
I can understand the perspective being put forward by Senators fans and indeed, ownership, saying that what happened to Karlsson was intentional and that Cooke did it deliberately. When something major happens to your best player that puts him out for the season, and it's done by a guy with a lot of history behind him, the natural inclination is to assume the worst and go out to vilify that individual. I've been there before when it comes to Cooke taking out Markov, and one or two other incidents, and it is interesting to see how differently people react to one scenario where it does involve "their guy" and another scenario where it does not.
Writing off something as a "hockey play" when a severe injury occurs is a sure-fire way to get someone's gander up, that's for sure.
I don't believe that Cooke intended to bring down his skate on Karlsson. The idea of a "distinct downward kicking motion" I feel doesn't hold water - is he bringing his skate down? Yes. Obviously he is doing so in order to regain his balance and get back in the play. Pretty tough to play the game on one leg. It was just very unfortunate that Karlsson's leg happened to be where Cooke's was heading.
There's a lot of things that we can justifiably and credibly say Matt Cooke has done with clear intent to injure - this ain't one of them, IMO.
02-16-2013, 08:36 AM #48