Yeah, Cooke has learned his lesson. What a disgrace of a player.
Pretty much. Seemed like vintage Matt Cooke, although rather tame by his own standards and track record. It was a dirty hit to be sure, but if anyone else throws that hit from behind, it's just a 5 minute major. I think he got the game misconduct b/c the Pens were playing the Bruins, his history against them, and the refs didn't want to lose control of this game. Can't wait for Lucic to catch him in a corner in the upcoming games.
I remember a quote from Cooke about how his kids were getting harassed at school a while ago b/c of what he was doing on the ice... well guess what? Those other kids at school were completely justified in telling Cooke's kids that their dad was a complete d-bag.
actually the kings are trying to win. detroit just tried not too lose. babcocks tactics were perfect. but the kings chicago series is much more entertaining because both teams try to score, not only one.
They don't hate it, but it makes life harder for their top scorers.
Which isn't unusual or anything, Zetterberg and Datsyuk also have problems scoring when they get smothered physically, like we saw in the Nashville series last year.
Boston is basically the type of team Babcock is trying to coach the Wings into. You've got fantastic two-way centers surrounded by big bodies who don't mind mucking it up. Combine that with a mobile and large D corp and you've got a menacing team.
And if Helm could stay healthy we'd find out if he can rise to Marchand level.
I think Boston as well. More physical and Chicago hates physical play. Good defensively. They have playmakers who can score.
people on here need to stop overrating how physical the East is so drastically
Boston is definitely not more physical than Los Angeles
for example Los Angeles has 626 hits in 15 games these Playoffs while Boston has 493 in 13
in the regular season Los Angeles had 1446 to Boston's 1200
last year in the Playoffs Boston lead them slightly in hits/game(39-36) but Boston only played 1 series
last year in the regular season Los Angeles lead Boston in hits 2274-1778(Los Angeles was in 2nd place while Boston was in 20th)
Los Angeles also has significantly more size than Boston(according to stats from the start of this season Boston was 26th in weight and 21st in height while Los Angeles was 2nd in weight and 13th in height)