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via Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun, While even members of the Pittsburgh Penguins sitting up in the press box considered Flames defenceman Cory Sarich’s hit on Penguins pest Matt Cooke clean Saturday night during a 5-3 Calgary loss at the Saddledome, hockey operations will offer up tape for a closer look.
It’s tough to argue against the idea of making sure it was clean — even against a guy as polarizing as Cooke — but if every big hit in the league is going to be shipped to Sheriff Shanahan, he’s not going to have much time to himself.
The hit in question was a hard check from Sarich in the second period that looked like it first connected with Cooke’s sternum. Cooke’s head snapped back on the followthrough, but after shaking it off, he joined the scrum when teammates jumped to his defence.
Sarich was not penalized for the hit but did receive a double minor for roughing in the altercation that took place after the hit.
Watch the hit in question below…
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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...
Last night, Matt Cooke found himself on the opposite end of a familiar situation: a high hit. Now it’s time to see if the NHL will act on a questionable hit to a questionable player.
Presenting Tim Jackman, of the Calgary Flames, from last night's season-opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jackman didn't score any points in the Flames's 5-3 loss, but he did serve a two-minute minor for too many men on the ice. H/T to tipster Noah D., who reports "Jackman actually went in for a hit on Arron Asham and got...
The Pittsburgh Penguins took advantage of a 4-goal second period to hand the Flames a 5-3 loss in their first game of the season. Calgary started well and had a strong first period. The crowd’s energy was boosted by a season-opening goal from Curtis Glencross 15 minutes into the game. Though the Flames pressed, they [...]
CALGARY, Alberta -- Matt Cooke, the guy who ended last season with a 17-game suspension and has promised he is a changed man who no longer will finish his checks with hits to the head, missed some time in the second period of the Penguins game Saturday night after taking just such a hit from Calgary defenseman Cory Sarich.
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Alex Tanguay - David Moss - Jarome Iginla
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TV: SNET-W (HD), FS-MW (HD)
Season series: The Flames swept the four-game series in 2010-11, with goalie Miikka Kiprusoff earning all four victories for Calgary.
Big Story: Th...
So what happened?
This was nowhere near as close as the score indicated. While the Pens did need an empty net goal from Jordan Staal to cement the victory, the Pens put on a clinic for about 45 of the 60 minutes of this hockey game. The rest of the time, they were simply better than average, instead of tremendous.
My biggest takeaway from this game was that the...
GIO DOES IT ALL
Days after getting the 'A' sewn on his jersey, Mark Giordano showcased what leadership by example means by coming out with what has to be one his best games since joining the team.
“When we left last year, everyone was really disappointed about not getting a playoff spot and it sat with us all summer. I think we’ll come out hungry.
We’re not a young team, not a rebuilding team. I think we’re going for it this year. We won with this group last year in the second half and know we can win together, and if we can find that consistency all season, there’s...
By MATT WILSON
Repeat offender of dirty hits, Matt Cooke, may have received a dose of his own medicine in Calgary against the Flames on Saturday.
Matt Cooke receives a hit to the chin during the second period of Saturday's game. He came back to play in the third period.
The repeat offender of dishing out those dirty hits received a blow when defenceman Cory Sarich...
The Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues both look to bounce back from season-opening losses when the two teams collide this afternoon from Scottrade Center.
EDMONTON, Alberta -- The NHL has not been shy about lashing out against illegal shots to the head, but it appears two players involved in hard hits Saturday night have escaped suspensions. Penguins center Evgeni Malkin got an elbowing call for a first-period hit on Calgary's Lee Stempniak, but he did not have a hearing with the NHL and will not be suspended.
Sidney Crosby and Jarome Iginla rarely see each other because their teams meet just once a season and their cities are separated by more than 2,000 miles.
So what happened?
The Pens blew a two-goal lead but hung on to get to the shootout, where Letang and Malkin made Luongo look silly, while Flower handled Samuelsson and Burrows (who attempted a less complicated version of the move that Letang uses).
The special teams were the key for the Pens as they scored twice on the power play. They also not only stoned the Canucks...