Oh please. "Freak accident". How convenient that A-its Cooke, B-his foot 'just happens to stomp on the back of a player's leg who is in a vulnerable position'.
It was intentional. Blatant.
I'm sick and tired of this excuse for and from guys who have spent their entire lives dedicated to playing ice hockey, that "they didn't know where they were on the ice (Chara) or didn't know that stomping on a leg would injure someone".
He knew exactly what he was doing.
Its Cooke. Where there's smoke there's fire. Plain and simple.
9 out of 10 will say its a freak accident but I think it might have been some harm intended. Not to the extent of the AH tear but some. Some "freak accident" to it as well but I have a hard time believing that it was a spot where he had no awareness of where his skate was going to land.
It's so discrete it's hard to really make accusations, but the way he rides the skate in on EK before they reach the boards and them steps right in to his leg, I can see this being premeditated. It's very subtle and I honestly doubt anything comes of it. I can understand why no one wants to give Cooke the benefit of the doubt here, and especially if Ottawa players think there was intent to injure, then they will find a way to pay the Pens back.
All of Cooke's weight was on his right leg considering his left leg was in the air, so for his left leg to come down with enough force to cut a tendon he had to stomp down. The weight and force of his leg on its own isn't enough to do that IMO.
If it was any other player, I'd write it off as a freak accident. Since it's Cooke, you really have to wonder...
Originally Posted by Ola
I think its both to be honest.
I definitely don't think Cooke tried to seriously injure Karlsson, but a player like Cooke is always trying to get to a player like Karlsson. This time he was using his skates.
I agree, somethings not right with that hit.
I understand % of freak accidents with skates have been increasing with time. But the way Cooke raises his skate like that, did not look natural at all to me. Actually seems really weird to see him raise his skate like that going into the boards.
You are responsible for your stick going into a hit you should be responsible for what your skate does unless its an obvious accident.
Yeah that was a pretty unnatural movement from Cooke. At first look I thought it was incidental contact, but he actually stuck his foot out and down, and then pulled it back the other direction. If he was off balance, he wouldn't have been able to do that. It was almost as if he tried to slewfoot Karlsson, and when that failed, he just chopped him with the skate.