Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is in hot water for elbowing an opponent again, this time on national television.
Penguins agitator Matt Cooke will almost certainly be ordered to pay another visit to the office of N.H.L. judge Colin Campbell in the next few days. With his Penguins tied with the Rangers in the third period, 1-1, Cooke nailed Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonough with an elbow to the head. This is exactly the kind of hit that the league has implemented rules over the last year to eliminate — motivated, in part, by some hits by Cooke to heads of his opponents.
On the NBC telecast, Ed Olczyk predicted Cooke — considered a repeat offender by the N.H.L. — would be suspended for eight games. The Penguins have already paid the price short-term. The Rangers scored goals 11 seconds apart on the power play after Cooke received a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct. The Rangers won the game, 5-2.