Today the NHL sent a message to the players. It’s ok to try to hurt someone. On Sunday the Penguins Matt Cooke knocked the Bruins Marc Savard unconcsious on ablindside hit from the behind. The punishment? Nothing. Disgusting. The same thing happned in November when Mike Richards took out David Booth. Both players where given concussions. Booth missed 45 games and missed the Olympics for team USA. Savard has so far missed only one game but will likley not see the ice again until next season. These are brain injuries. That is an internal organ. When that is injured, it threatens the player’s and persons career and health. But that’s ok. It’s legal. As long as it’s a shoulder and not an elbow. The fact Cooke was not suspended is inexcusable. He pretty much admitted it was intentional when he said he was nearly hit the same way. So that makes it ok? Beacuse you almost got hit, it’s fine to knock a player out? I know many people want Sidney Crosby hurt now, but two wrongs don’t make a right. Now would “leagaly” hitting Cooke be wrong? Not from where I stand. Colin Campbell brought it too this. If Cooke is hurt Thursday in Boston, Campbell will have a lot of problems. It’s sickining this has to even be part of a great sport. You never see this in the Olympics. Then again, you don’t see players like Cooke in the Olympics. If you are so bad the only way you can win is by hurting other people, you don’t belong in a professional sport. This is a game. A game. And you have people seriously hurt for wanthing to play a game. It’s really pathetic something wasn’t done about this. If doing that was not worth a suspension, I’m scared to see what is.
Since 2007-2008, there have been 6,000 to 7,000 body checks. There have been 200 reported concussions. That is 200 people who have their health in danger. And the NHL is fine with it. I hope Cooke grows eyes in the back of his head before March 18, for his sake.
Here is your Sunday recap in Boston sports.
The Red Sox beat the Orioles, 5-4. The Sox where down in the eigth inning, but an Angel Sanchez double and Gil Velezquez single tied it. Mark Wagner homered in the ninth inning to win. Casey Kelly picked up the win and Robert Manuel the save. David Hernandez got the L for the O’s.
The Bruins lost to the Penguins, 2-1. Marc Savard was taken out on a stretcher after a dirty hit from behind by a dirty player, Matt Cooke. Savard took an awkward pass from the left wing and dumped it in, and Cooke came from behind and slammed his elbow into his head. Obvious intent to injure. The NHL says they want to get rid of head shots, but no penalty was called on the play. I expect Cooke to be let of the hook with a two or three game suspension, though he deserves a season suspension in my mind. I’ll talk more about this at news and notes.
The Celtics beat the Wizards, in a comeback win. Down by as much as thriteen in the fourth quater, Ray Allen hit two key three pointers in the comeback. Rajon Rondo missed a free throw down two, and Kendrick Perkins picked up the rebound and passed to Ray who was beyond the arc. He hit it, of course.
The Sabres beat the Rangers, 2-1 in OT. The Rangers gain a point on the Bruins in the Eastern Conference standings, and now sit only two points behind them after the Bruins loss.
The Canadiens beat the Ducks, 4-3 in a shootout. Montreal entered the third period down three goals, and came back to tie. Tomas Plekanic sealed it in the SO. Montreal is now two points behind the Bruins.
The Magic beat the Lakers, 96-94. Kobe Bryant could not hit the buzzer beater this time. Vince Carter threw down 25 points in the win. The Lakers have now lost three games in their west coast swing, to the Bobcats, Heat, and now Orlando.
The 76ers beat the Raptors, 114-101. Yes, the C’s actully have to worry about the Raptors, who are behind them in the divison. Good to gain a game on them. Expect a Celtics-Raptors first round playoff series.
The Oilers beat the Devils, 2-0. Always a good thing, as the B’s need the Oilers to heat up if they want Taylor Hall in the draft. Can Toronto catch them?
News and Notes: I promised I would touch on this topic again and I will. That hit Cooke had on Savard was the second dirtiest hit I have seen this year. The only worse was Mike Richards on David Booth in an almost identical situation that took Booth out 45 games and he missed the Olympics for team USA. Did Richards get suspended? Of course not. Welcome to the NHL. This is the second time Cooke had handed out a hit like this. It’s time the NHL does something.
I was at the Red Sox game yesterday afternoon. Right behind the Sox dugout. Victor Martinez tossed me a ball! That was sweet. I got to see Casey Kelly pitch live for the first time. That kid has some sick stuff. I can see him in the big leagues next year. Or maybe this year. If Kelly is what they think he is, then they can just let Beckett walk without a problem.
Thanks for all the mailbag questions. It will be back again at it’s reaguler time Sunday. Sorry for no recap yesterday, I was at the Red Sox game, then I watched the Bruins and Celtics. Today the Red Sox play the Cardinals at 1:05 pm. Josh Beckett will face off vs Chris Carpenter. I will be in Ft. Myers Wednesday when the Red Sox play the Rays. I expect to see either Lester or Lackey.