A night after Matt Cooke scored twice in his first game since March 20 after being suspended for the final 17 games of the Pittsburgh Penguins' season, he was on the receiving end of this hit from Cory Sarich of the Calgary Flames during a 5-3 win:
Cooke went to the dressing room after the scrum subsided and eventually returned to the Penguins bench and played the remainder of the game.
The NHL looked at the video before the Penguins/Flames games ended, and according to TSN's Bob McKenzie, they see it as it is: a clean hit where Cooke's head was not the principle point of contact or was targeted, two of the key factors in whether or not a "Shanaban" is to be handed out for a headshot.
Cooke said after the game he hadn't seen a replay of the hit, while telling reporters he was suffering from only a sore jaw. Meanwhile, Sarich, who marveled at Cooke's "amazing" recovery, defended himself:
"It's out of my hands. We'll see what happe...