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Richards unhappy with Cooke's 'cheap play'

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08:20 AM ET 01.21 | Rangers center Brad Richards was held out of practice Friday due to a stiff neck he suffered after a hit by Penguins forward Matt Cooke in Thursday's 4-1 loss. Richards, who said he plans to be in the lineup for Saturday's afternoon game in Boston, was unhappy with what he described as a "cheap play." Cooke was not penalized. "He came up beside me, from behind, and he slew-footed me," Richards said in the locker room after practice Friday. "I've played enough games to know what a slew foot is. He didn't come up and hit me face-to-face. It's a cheap play. It's not like that's the first time he's ever done it."

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January 21, 2012  08:27 AM ET

He came up beside me, from behind, and he slew-footed me, "I've played enough games to know what a slew foot is. He didn't come up and hit me face-to-face. It's a cheap play. It's not like that's the first time he's ever done it."



Rangers and Pens fans...discuss amongst yourselves.

January 21, 2012  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He came up beside me, from behind, and he slew-footed me, "I've played enough games to know what a slew foot is. He didn't come up and hit me face-to-face. It's a cheap play. It's not like that's the first time he's ever done it."

Rangers and Pens fans...discuss amongst yourselves.

LOL! Somehow I don't think they need the invitation, GB.

Still p.o.'ed at Cunneyworth for using Gomez in the shootout against Pittsburgh last night. Seriously Randy? The guy hasn't scored a goal in 350 days and you think he can break that spell against one of the league's better G? Interim coach indeed!

January 21, 2012  09:03 AM ET

Wait, this can't be right. I bet Burnside (at ESPN) must be embarrassed after saying how Cooke was such a shining star example of how an individual can change their play and perception in the League... well that is embarrassed if he actually had any acumen as a hockey reporter/analyst.

January 21, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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LOL! Somehow I don't think they need the invitation, GB.Still p.o.'ed at Cunneyworth for using Gomez in the shootout against Pittsburgh last night. Seriously Randy? The guy hasn't scored a goal in 350 days and you think he can break that spell against one of the league's better G? Interim coach indeed!

And all along I thought Just for Laughs, the big Montreal comedy festival, started in July...when in all actuality, it began months ago!

January 21, 2012  09:10 AM ET

The only thing Richards left out was stating he knows cheap and dirty after playing with Ott and Ribeiro.

And I say this as a Bruins homer, ironic that he'll probably see a lot of the Bergeron line today and Marchand (the hit was in the back of Salo's thigh, but the suspension was warranted for the slew-foot I did in a previous game).

January 21, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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LOL! Somehow I don't think they need the invitation, GB.Still p.o.'ed at Cunneyworth for using Gomez in the shootout against Pittsburgh last night. Seriously Randy? The guy hasn't scored a goal in 350 days and you think he can break that spell against one of the league's better G? Interim coach indeed!

I was wondering about that move myself. Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I didn't understand why he put Gomez out there.

January 21, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Now I understand that Cooke said he didn't see him, he didn't even know he was there and that he tried to avoid him but couldn't. That settles it for me.

January 21, 2012  09:36 AM ET

Let's Go Pens!!

January 21, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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And all along I thought Just for Laughs, the big Montreal comedy festival, started in July...when in all actuality, it began months ago!

LMFAO - Post of the Day.

January 21, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Now I understand that Cooke said he didn't see him, he didn't even know he was there and that he tried to avoid him but couldn't. That settles it for me.

Let's go to the video shall we?



Didn't see him my ****!

January 21, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Let's go to the video shall we?Didn't see him my ****!

My bad, I got Cooke's quote mixed up with Steckel's.

I dunno, maybe I'm just a Penguin fan, but it looked to me like Matthew was just trying to poke check the puck and bumped into him from behind. I honestly didn't see his foot slew anything. Looked to me like a little bump followed by a big dive.

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January 21, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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My bad, I got Cooke's quote mixed up with Steckel's.

I dunno, maybe I'm just a Penguin fan, but it looked to me like Matthew was just trying to poke check the puck and bumped into him from behind. I honestly didn't see his foot slew anything. Looked to me like a little bump followed by a big dive.

And they say there's no good comedy posted on the weekends.

January 21, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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Cooke is a P O S, but that is not a slew foot.

You're right Rex. Matthew noticed there was a small build-up of snow on the back of Brad's socks and he tried to rub it off for him. Such a selfless humanitarian.

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January 21, 2012  10:31 AM ET

I have seen couples kiss harder than that.

January 21, 2012  10:33 AM ET
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You know I looked at several times and as much as I want to, I just don't see anything wrong.

Cooke does make minimal contact with the back of Richard's thigh and appears to want to follow through with his foot, but Brad went down so damn easy it was too late to kick his leg out from under him.

Could someone call SI and have them take this story down before anyone else sees that I was sticking up for this DB?

Thank you in advance ;)

Sorry Rex, I already e-mailed it to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum.

January 21, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Could someone call SI and have them take this story down before anyone else sees that I was sticking up for this DB?Thank you in advance ;)

Nice

January 21, 2012  10:43 AM ET

hate the Penguins and the Rangers. But Richards suck on a nipple you child. Man up!

 
January 21, 2012  10:44 AM ET

hate the Penguins and the Rangers. But Richards suck on a nipple you child. Man up!

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