Sunday, March 20, 2011

Video: Cooke Strikes Again With Elbow To McDonagh's Head; NHL Must Punish Severely To Send Message

If the NHL is truly serious about eliminating head shots and dirty play from the game then they will throw the book at Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins for his intentional elbow to the head of Ryan McDonagh early in today’s third period.  Cooke was assessed a five minute major and game misconduct on the play and likely cost his team the game, but the league must step in and do so in a forceful manner.

Here's the video:

Just a month ago Cooke was suspended four games for his hit from behind on Fedor Tyutin and combining the actions today with his repeat offender status the suspension here should be more severe than that.  Cooke deserves to get 7-10 games for his actions, but will the NHL actually put their money where their mouth is in terms of this kind of play?