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04:18 PM ET 02.14 | Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke will not be suspended for lacerating the Achilles Tendon of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Wednesday night. The NHL determined that no supplemental discipline would be utilized as the incident was the result of a hockey play gone bad. The league has spoken to both teams' general managers and has explained their decision. Senators general manager Bryan Murray has remained consistent in insinuating that Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson and has framed his checkered past as evidence. The play occurred during the second period when Cooke engaged Karlsson while chasing a puck in the Ottawa zone. Cooke's left foot left the ice while wrestling Karlsson and came down just above the boot on his left skate. Karlsson will miss the remainder of the season.

Rob Rossi

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February 14, 2013  04:24 PM ET

Cooke falls into another bucket of s hit and comes out smelling like a rose. Very appropriate for Valentine's Day.

February 14, 2013  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Cooke falls into another bucket of s hit and comes out smelling like a rose. Very appropriate for Valentine's Day.

Saving.....saving....saving.....

February 14, 2013  04:29 PM ET

So as long as it's a Hockey play gone bad you can do anything?????

That's makes no sense to me.

February 14, 2013  04:30 PM ET

Is this the NHL's way of saying it wsan't intentional so no suspension?


Why not just say that then???

February 14, 2013  04:33 PM ET

Cooke should've been suspended anyway. I'm sure he's guilty of something.

February 14, 2013  04:44 PM ET
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Cooke should've been suspended anyway. I'm sure he's guilty of something.

Aren't they all?

February 14, 2013  05:37 PM ET

They may want to keep this averhole on the bench next time they play in Ottawa though...

February 14, 2013  05:59 PM ET

Well we know good old Don Cherry's gonna have something to say about this on the weekend.
It won't be about Cooke, it will be about the fact that Karlsson didn't have protection over the back of his foot.
Needs to tape it like they used to do or wear the new kevlar socks.

Sad that play should have been stopped for the puck hitting the netting...I don't like how they have the netting straight down to the glass. It should be angled away from the top of the glass and hung looser to help the on ice officials. Also gives the fans in the front row a chance to snag a puck while sitting in their expensive seats!

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February 14, 2013  06:26 PM ET

I could go either way on this. I just wonder what his leg was doing up like that in the first place.

February 14, 2013  07:09 PM ET

Even when Matt Cooke isn't trying to be a dirtbag, he succeeds at being one.

I'm convinced the only reason the Penguins have Cooke on the team is so he can't cheapshot Malkin or Crosby.

February 14, 2013  07:11 PM ET

Sidney can sit there and defend cook forever but he best get down on his knees and pray that cook never gets traded because then the target appear on his back . How many first line players does a forth line player get to put out of the game before we get rid of the hatchet man. Sad and I am not even an Ottawa fan

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February 14, 2013  09:12 PM ET

WGAF

February 14, 2013  10:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

WGAF

That'll be fifty cents please.

February 14, 2013  10:52 PM ET
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So as long as it's a Hockey play gone bad you can do anything?????That's makes no sense to me.

Does to me.

February 14, 2013  11:26 PM ET

I think the NHL made the right call.....watching that vid a few times, that leg lift just looks like he was trying to slam him in the boards......that does not usually involve a leg lift. but maybe it was necessary ......not sure on that.

 
February 15, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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I think the NHL made the right call.....watching that vid a few times, that leg lift just looks like he was trying to slam him in the boards......that does not usually involve a leg lift. but maybe it was necessary ......not sure on that.

I wasn't convinced till i saw the video last night.
If he wasn't trying to do what he did, he was trying to step on him at the very least. He's a swine and a coward and I hope every goon in the league tries to knock his teeth out

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