Bruins-Penguins: Thursday Night, Will There be Blood?

March 14th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Fresh off the dangerous hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on the unsuspecting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins, NHL fans await a rematch between the two sides this Thursday night in Boston.

To say everybody has an opinion about the Cooke hit would be an understatement. Opinions range from fans suggesting Savard should have been more aware to fan wanting Cooke to be suspended for twenty games.

Given the NHL’s current rules Cooke was not disciplined for his actions, hell, he didn’t even get a penalty on the play, which shows just how inadequate NHL referees can be on most nights.

The funny part about all of this is the fact that the NHL rule book actually has a rule that the Refs could have imposed on Cooke, a rule that most certainly should have been enforced and was not.

Here is a look a Rule 21 in the NHL rule book:

Rule 21 —Match Penalties

21.1 Match Penalty —A match penalty involves the suspension of a player or goalkeeper for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to the dressing room immediately.

A match penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who deliberatel ...

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