Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Cooke’s Hit on Marc Savard Deserves Big Suspension

March 7th, 2010 by Chris Miller Leave a reply »
Marc Savard never saw it coming.

Likewise, the chances of remembering the collision--doubtful.

Late in the third period of an intense 2-1 contest between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins , Savard found himself just inside the blue line with a bouncing puck that surprisingly found his stick.

As he fired the puck towards Marc-Andre Fluery , Savard had no clue what was about to hit him.

Unless you are an avid Matt Cooke hater.

Cooke's shoulder slammed into Savard's head, causing a violent collision that sent his head snapping back and his body flying wildly onto the ice.

The crowd silenced. Fans, with a collective gasp, stood on their feet for what would be a lengthy halt to the action. 

Of course, with any violent collision to the head and neck area, precautions are mandatory and necessary. Thus came the stretcher.

Savard eventually was removed from the ice and play resumed, but the minds of many still revolved around the health and condition of a player who had no chance of preventing what everyone did not wish to witness.

Matt Cooke did.

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