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Matt Cooke's self-professed reform as a reckless, injurious player was met with healthy skepticism over the summer; despite the way the Pittsburgh Penguins winger bared his personal pain over his wife's illness in early 2011, and offered proclamations like this:
"I've got this chance, and I need to look at it as an opportunity to show everybody that I can change my approach, that I can play within the rules. The rest of my career can be proving that it's possible to change. It has to be about that. There's no excuse for it not to be about that."
Thirteen games aren't "the rest of his career," but they are a healthy sample size. In October, Matt Cooke wasn't suspended. He wasn't fined. He wasn't assessed a major penalty.
In October, Matt Cooke had four penalty minutes. Four.
Meanwhile, he had four goals. And four assists.
Welcome to the new Matt Cooke?
Stephen Catanese of SB Nation Pittsburgh noted that this was "the cle...
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Previously on Outside the Boxscore, we featured some NHL players dressing up in their Halloween costumes.
Recently, Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin decided to Tweet a picture of him and Sidney Crosby all dressed up, Malkin is on the right and Sid the Kid is on the left:
(Courtesy of Bleed Black and Gold)
Behind the Numbers: A look inside the Penguins one month into 2011-12 season
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Ten players have suited up for all 13 games thus far, including:
James Neal, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis, Chris Kunitz, Matt Niskanen, Joe Vitale, Deryk Engelland, Steve Sullivan, Paul Martin and Craig Adams.
Only Kris Letang and Max Talbot played in all...
Penguins center Jordan Staal and defenseman Kris Letang missed practice for a second consecutive day at Southpointe heading into a trip out west.
Hockey fans have been on Sidney Crosby watch for months now; rumor has it the date 11/11/11 has the potential to be extra magical for supporters in Pittsburgh and hockey fans in general. That's when Sidney Crosby could play his first game for the Pittsburgh Penguins since Jan. 5. How do you see Crosby faring in his return? I think hockey pool managers should have this date circled...
Through 13 games going into the contest Thursday at San Jose, Steve Sullivan has been healthy. He has used his speed and savvy to fit in, playing on a top line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal when Malkin has been healthy. He has three assists, three hits, one blocked shot. But nary a goal.
Asked about the amount of contact he has had in practice the past few weeks, Sidney Crosby smiled. "Uh, three hits?" he said, then laughed. At least the Penguins captain is keeping his spirits up as he continues to work his way back from a concussion that has kept him out of games since Jan. 5.
The Penguins brutal schedule continues through November, and we look back at October’s 3 stars.
Based on the new Patrick Kane and Tim Thomas Discover commercials, I found myself wondering what other product/player pairs would be good fits. Here's what I was able to find out.
Matt Cooke and Summer's Eve
Matt Cooke, being the league's douche du jour, has teamed up with the industry's leading provider of feminine hygiene products. Matt will be starring...
WHEN: Nov. 3, 2011 - 10:30 p...
We would take John Tortorella as a head coach every day of the week. Forget last year's 24/7. Tortorella's presence in this year's 24/7 is going to win an Emmy. Here's the Thornton-Tortorella saga in 65 seconds:
-Jordan Staal and Kris Letang are headed to California with the team. [ Trib ]
-Dejan gives everyone a look at Sidney Crosby...
No fireworks in that last game. I thought for sure something would happen but I was wrong. One thing that did happen was Chris Kunitz continued his streakiness, netting his fourth of the season. Matt Cooke also put another one in for his fourth. Evgeni Malkin scored his second of the year too. Sadly the [...]