Cooke was up to his old tricks again Sunday, sending unsuspecting Boston Bruins C Marc Savard to the hospital -- concussed -- with a blindside, shoulder-to-the-head, fly-by cheap shot in the third period of the Pens' 2-1 win.
As usual, in these types of cases, the offender's team will come up with a wide variety of excuses as to why it really wasn't that bad of an act, while the victim's team will scream bloody murder. Those same folks, interestingly, can change roles whenever the situation is reversed.
While seeing a player like Savard get carted off the ice on a stretcher is nothing to laugh about, the postgame posturing has become slapstick.
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