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(Deadspin)   Ever seen the face of a hockey player as he's having his Achilles tendon sliced by one of the dirtiest players in the NHL? Well you have now   (deadspin.com) divider line 108
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2013-02-15 12:07:49 AM  
Owie.

Not nice Matt Cook.
 
2013-02-15 12:52:08 AM  
This is why I can watch Evander Kane one punch Cooke on infinite replay.
 
2013-02-15 12:55:51 AM  
Two things:

1. As much as I think Matt Cooke is an ass, there's no way it was deliberate. No way.

2. Deadspin should at least run a photo credit with that picture. Give Gene J. Puskar some love!

/not Gene J. Puskar
//not Matt Cooke
 
2013-02-15 12:56:04 AM  
Time for chain mail socks
 
2013-02-15 01:00:23 AM  
It was an accident. The end.
 
2013-02-15 01:00:23 AM  
Subby, you're full of shiat.  That was not objectionable.
 
2013-02-15 01:00:50 AM  

Swoop1809: Time for chain mail socks LASER SKATES


that would be so awesome
 
2013-02-15 01:04:49 AM  

Swoop1809: Time for chain mail socks


actually there are Kevlar socks that would have prevented this injury
 
2013-02-15 01:05:34 AM  
Subby you tard...it was an accident. Gruesome and brutal to watch, but an accident nonetheless.
 
2013-02-15 01:16:34 AM  

fastfxr: Subby you tard...it was an accident. Gruesome and brutal to watch, but an accident nonetheless.


an "accident" during an unnecessary hit.
 
2013-02-15 01:19:38 AM  
I understand that this is a freak occurrence, but is there any reason that at the NHL level they don't employ Kevlar panels to prevent these type of injuries?

It seems that the benefits would clearly outweigh the very minor costs. At the very least they should have cut-proof gloves and boots/socks.
 
2013-02-15 01:30:09 AM  

flaflaflowhigh: Subby, you're full of shiat.  That was not objectionable.


He didnt say it was.  At all.  He said the player was dirty, not the play.

/ do they call them plays in hockey?  Whats canadian for play?
 
2013-02-15 01:31:06 AM  

I can't get the cap off!: I understand that this is a freak occurrence, but is there any reason that at the NHL level they don't employ Kevlar panels to prevent these type of injuries?

It seems that the benefits would clearly outweigh the very minor costs. At the very least they should have cut-proof gloves and boots/socks.


Whats Canadian for Captain Hindsight?
 
2013-02-15 01:32:46 AM  
I hate that the first name I thought of was Matt Cooke.  Used to like the guy when he played for Vancouver.  I dont remember him being a dirty player, a pest yes but really just a third or fourth line grinder.

Terrible terrible injury for Karlsson, hope he heals up quickly
 
2013-02-15 01:37:32 AM  

I sound fat: Whats Canadian for Captain Hindsight?


Cpt. Guy de Hindsight, RCMP - Revelstoke Division.
 
2013-02-15 01:44:54 AM  
it's ok, mike shanahan just cleared him to play next game
 
2013-02-15 02:08:11 AM  
Yes it was an accident, but all the same I would like Evander Kane to punch out Matt Cooke for it. I've heard Cooke has cleaned up his act lately, but when the story came out that he was involved in this accident I wasn't surprised.
 
2013-02-15 02:11:46 AM  

Kelwen: This is why I can watch Evander Kane one punch Cooke on infinite replay.

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2013-02-15 02:15:57 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Kelwen: This is why I can watch Evander Kane one punch Cooke on infinite replay.
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Link got forked.

http://oi42.tinypic.com/zmbluf.jpg
 
2013-02-15 02:17:51 AM  
Guys who aren't being hit from behind usually step high, then accidentally stomp on the back of a player's leg. A complete, freak accident, I'm sure...
 
2013-02-15 02:25:57 AM  
It doesn't matter if it was an accident.

If you accidently kill someone in a crash you get vehicular manslaughter. If you babysit and lose the kid by accident you are still liable. If you're hous watching and accidently burn it down... yeah

He is responsible.
 
2013-02-15 02:37:27 AM  

ontariolightning: It doesn't matter if it was an accident.

If you accidently kill someone in a crash you get vehicular manslaughter. If you babysit and lose the kid by accident you are still liable. If you're hous watching and accidently burn it down... yeah

He is responsible.


Should Steve Tuttle and/or Uwe Krupp have been charged with attempted manslaughter for slicing open Clint Malarchuk's jugular? It was an accident, after all.
 
2013-02-15 02:45:28 AM  
See, this is why you keep your styx on the ice. It protects your Achilles.
 
2013-02-15 02:55:18 AM  

GreatGlavinsGhost: Kelwen: This is why I can watch Evander Kane one punch Cooke on infinite replay.
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video


I don't know how I've never seen that before. It was a thing of beauty.
 
2013-02-15 03:27:56 AM  
I'm no fan of Matt Cooke and I hate the Pens but this truly looked like an accident. He really has changed his game and I (grudgingly) respect him for that. He's no freaking Raffi, that's for damn sure.
 
2013-02-15 03:29:26 AM  
Also, wear Kevlar socks kids. No one is paying you to play beer league hockey, stay safe. And goddamnit wear a cage or shield.

/and fark Craig McTavish, no helmet wearing douche
 
2013-02-15 03:31:36 AM  

I can't get the cap off!: I understand that this is a freak occurrence, but is there any reason that at the NHL level they don't employ Kevlar panels to prevent these type of injuries?

It seems that the benefits would clearly outweigh the very minor costs. At the very least they should have cut-proof gloves and boots/socks.


Read an article today about some Wings players and Kevlar. A few found the socks uncomfortable but if it prevents slicing an Achilles' tendon open, I think it's worth some uncomfortable rubbing in your skate.
 
2013-02-15 03:41:27 AM  

Burn_The_Plows: Should Steve Tuttle and/or Uwe Krupp have been charged with attempted manslaughter for slicing open Clint Malarchuk's jugular? It was an accident, after all.


I actually don't think injury caused by negligence is an accident.

What happened to Clint was a freak accident, as is what happened to Zednik.
 
paj
2013-02-15 06:09:02 AM  
www.jtbourne.com
 
2013-02-15 06:26:12 AM  

Ishkur: See, this is why you keep your styx on the ice. It protects your Achilles.


But he still has his Soloman, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, and Mercury.
 
2013-02-15 07:22:49 AM  

puffy999: Guys who aren't being hit from behind usually step high, then accidentally stomp on the back of a player's leg. A complete, freak accident, I'm sure...


announcers in the following game found at least 2 instances in just the first few minutes of players using their leg to pin another player into the boards. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20130214/erik-karlsson-inju r y-matt-cooke/
-so that argument in off the table

I don't think anyone is defending Cooke's entire history, but on this hit I don't think he did anything wrong.

Also, if you insist on blaming someone, take it out on the ref's and linesmen who didn't whistle this play dead when the puck hit the netting a few seconds before
 
2013-02-15 07:30:27 AM  
Anyone else but Cooke, and this isn't even a discussion. It's absolutely terrible that this happened, but it looks completely accidental to me.
 
2013-02-15 07:54:22 AM  
Cooke is an ex-dirty player. He's cleaned up his act. It was accidental. He'll feel terrible about his accident.
 
2013-02-15 08:14:08 AM  

star_bury: Cooke is an ex-dirty player. He's cleaned up his act. It was accidental. He'll feel terrible about his accident.


Cooke is a dirty player. It's like being in AA. You never stop being an alcoholic.
 
2013-02-15 08:18:00 AM  
What I don't get it why he raised is leg on that hit. I don't think he was trying to slice him, but he was definitely going for more than a hit.
 
2013-02-15 08:23:44 AM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: He really has changed his game and I (grudgingly) respect him for that. He's no freaking Raffi, that's for damn sure.


He's gotten a fair bit better.  Hating on Cooke these days is a little stale.
 
2013-02-15 08:24:16 AM  

BtotheZ: puffy999: Guys who aren't being hit from behind usually step high, then accidentally stomp on the back of a player's leg. A complete, freak accident, I'm sure...

announcers in the following game found at least 2 instances in just the first few minutes of players using their leg to pin another player into the boards. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/nhl/news/20130214/erik-karlsson-inju r y-matt-cooke/
-so that argument in off the table

I don't think anyone is defending Cooke's entire history, but on this hit I don't think he did anything wrong.

Also, if you insist on blaming someone, take it out on the ref's and linesmen who didn't whistle this play dead when the puck hit the netting a few seconds before


Actually its called slew-footing and clearly what he was going for.  Its a dirty play and a penalty.
 
2013-02-15 08:27:28 AM  
Gotta love all the hockey experts here who have never set foot on the ice...

  What Cooke did was finish his check. Period.  It wasn't a "dirty hit" he was in position to pin his man after the check so he couldn't rejoin the play. Thats how you do it, drive your leg between theirs and hold them there for as long as you can get away with. When it's arguably the best defenceman in the league you damn well better take him out of the play. Unfortunately when Cooke decide to disengage he caught his leg.  There are many reasons for his foot to be up, from the player height difference to maybe he was trying to lift his stick with his knee in case the puck was in there. Hockey players don't soft step while skating, especially when they are starting or changing direction - you plant your edge and plant it hard. Thus the "ZOMGZ!! STOMP!!!  " reaction from the ignorant.
 With that being said , Matt Cooke made his own bed and will always be guilty before innocent. That rage and mean streak is still inside of him, thats something one can't rid themselves of, only control it. The fact that he stood there later in the game and let Neal ( another total POS of a human being in some peoples eyes ) sucker punch him repeatedly in the face, with his gloves on, says a lot about Cooke's action being innocent or intentional and affirms he is a different player now.
 
2013-02-15 08:38:02 AM  
First Spezza now Karlsson, and the host of other injuries ravaging my fantasy team. Damnit.

/maybe I shouldn't have named my team "Dany Heatley's Ferrari"
//oh well
 
2013-02-15 08:58:04 AM  

Austin Millbarge: Actually its called slew-footing and clearly what he was going for. Its a dirty play and a penalty.


that is not even close to what slewfooting is, try again
 
2013-02-15 09:00:30 AM  
The decent players of the NHL need to band together to end Cook's career, since the league refuses to do anything about him.  Also, Mario Lemioux is the biggest hypocrite in sports today.
 
2013-02-15 09:02:58 AM  

BtotheZ: Also, if you insist on blaming someone, take it out on the refs and linesmen who didn't whistle this play dead when the puck hit the netting a few seconds before


Yeah, no kidding. I have to think whoever was responsible for watching the mesh on that end feels like absolute garbage. I think it was 12 seconds, so, pretty much the very next body-play.


star_bury: He

[Cooke] 'll feel terrible about his accident.

Yeah, seeing his face on the bench afterward, one could tell he was pretty much thinking 'Oh, no, what did I do? I didn't even hit hit him that hard... *looks at big screen*... oh, fark.'


Austin Millbarge: Actually its called slew-footing and clearly what he was going for.  Its a dirty play and a penalty.


As a Sens fan, if you think Cooke was trying to "slew-foot" Karlsson, you don't know what the term means* (see: Skinner, Jeff; CAR). It looked to me that he was trying to pin his left left between Erik's, thereby preventing him from skating away immediately after contact. He initiated the move too early in the process of contact, though, hence why his leg was out in front like a high-knees drill, versus having his knee between Karlsson's and his skate heel-up on the ice. I think that rush to get it started is what led to him losing his balance somewhat, and having to come down on his lead leg.

In any case, it farking sucks, but at least it prevents the Sens from making hasty trades to replace Spezza/Michálek (though I'm not opposed to going after O'Reilley - who would be?)
Hopefully it wasn't a slice all the way through - my understanding is it's much better in the long run if they don't have to worry about getting the length right.


/*not trying to be a dick, it just wasn't a slew-foot at all
 
2013-02-15 09:03:02 AM  

jack_o_the_hills: Gotta love all the hockey experts here who have never set foot on the ice...

  What Cooke did was finish his check. Period.  It wasn't a "dirty hit" he was in position to pin his man after the check so he couldn't rejoin the play. Thats how you do it, drive your leg between theirs and hold them there for as long as you can get away with. When it's arguably the best defenceman in the league you damn well better take him out of the play. Unfortunately when Cooke decide to disengage he caught his leg.  There are many reasons for his foot to be up, from the player height difference to maybe he was trying to lift his stick with his knee in case the puck was in there. Hockey players don't soft step while skating, especially when they are starting or changing direction - you plant your edge and plant it hard. Thus the "ZOMGZ!! STOMP!!!  " reaction from the ignorant.
 With that being said , Matt Cooke made his own bed and will always be guilty before innocent. That rage and mean streak is still inside of him, thats something one can't rid themselves of, only control it. The fact that he stood there later in the game and let Neal ( another total POS of a human being in some peoples eyes ) sucker punch him repeatedly in the face, with his gloves on, says a lot about Cooke's action being innocent or intentional and affirms he is a different player now.



From the NHL Rule Book ..

Rule 52 - Slew-footing
52.1 Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot
to knock or kick an opponent's feet from under him, or pushes an
opponent's upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the
same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the
opponent's feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

Watch the video ..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PFTVRyz7N9U

Cooke has his stick is in front of Karlsson as they approach the boards, Cooke pulls up and back with his stick while using his leg to attempt to kick Karlssons legs out from under.him.  The fact that he doesn't have ideal position and leverage to actually complete the slew-foot by taking Karlsson down doesn't make it any less a dirty play.

The sliced achillies is just an unfortunate offshoot of playing a game with sharped steel blades attached to your feet.
 
2013-02-15 09:11:29 AM  
 
2013-02-15 09:21:13 AM  

Austin Millbarge: jack_o_the_hills: Gotta love all the hockey experts here who have never set foot on the ice...

  What Cooke did was finish his check. Period.  It wasn't a "dirty hit" he was in position to pin his man after the check so he couldn't rejoin the play. Thats how you do it, drive your leg between theirs and hold them there for as long as you can get away with. When it's arguably the best defenceman in the league you damn well better take him out of the play. Unfortunately when Cooke decide to disengage he caught his leg.  There are many reasons for his foot to be up, from the player height difference to maybe he was trying to lift his stick with his knee in case the puck was in there. Hockey players don't soft step while skating, especially when they are starting or changing direction - you plant your edge and plant it hard. Thus the "ZOMGZ!! STOMP!!!  " reaction from the ignorant.
 With that being said , Matt Cooke made his own bed and will always be guilty before innocent. That rage and mean streak is still inside of him, thats something one can't rid themselves of, only control it. The fact that he stood there later in the game and let Neal ( another total POS of a human being in some peoples eyes ) sucker punch him repeatedly in the face, with his gloves on, says a lot about Cooke's action being innocent or intentional and affirms he is a different player now.


From the NHL Rule Book ..

Rule 52 - Slew-footing
52.1 Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot
to knock or kick an opponent's feet from under him, or pushes an
opponent's upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the
same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the
opponent's feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.

Watch the video ..  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PFTVRyz7N9U

Cooke has his stick is in front of Karlsson as they approach the boards, Cooke pulls up and back with his stick while using his leg ...


Quote all you want, it wasn't a slewfoot, it was a pin.  Nobody slewfoots going into the boards.  Parallel or going away from, sure, but when you can legally pin somebody or check them into the boards, you wouldn't slewfoot.
 
2013-02-15 09:26:57 AM  
Matt Cooke doesn't get the benefit of the doubt.  Keep your skates on the ice and this doesn't happen, end of story.
 
2013-02-15 09:33:23 AM  
i1247.photobucket.com

Clint says "Suck it up pussy, I've seen worse"
 
2013-02-15 09:36:40 AM  
Eh.... Cooke is a dirty piece of shiat, no doubt. What comes around will eventually go around and I'll be the first one laughing every time Cooke gets flattened or has his lights knocked out.

Having said that, this doesn't look intentional to me. Horrible injury. I hope he recovers and play again. He's a hell of a hockey player.
 
2013-02-15 09:38:00 AM  

jack_o_the_hills: Gotta love all the hockey experts here who have never set foot on the ice...

  What Cooke did was finish his check. Period.  It wasn't a "dirty hit" he was in position to pin his man after the check so he couldn't rejoin the play. Thats how you do it, drive your leg between theirs and hold them there for as long as you can get away with. When it's arguably the best defenceman in the league you damn well better take him out of the play. Unfortunately when Cooke decide to disengage he caught his leg.  There are many reasons for his foot to be up, from the player height difference to maybe he was trying to lift his stick with his knee in case the puck was in there. Hockey players don't soft step while skating, especially when they are starting or changing direction - you plant your edge and plant it hard. Thus the "ZOMGZ!! STOMP!!!  " reaction from the ignorant.
 With that being said , Matt Cooke made his own bed and will always be guilty before innocent. That rage and mean streak is still inside of him, thats something one can't rid themselves of, only control it. The fact that he stood there later in the game and let Neal ( another total POS of a human being in some peoples eyes ) sucker punch him repeatedly in the face, with his gloves on, says a lot about Cooke's action being innocent or intentional and affirms he is a different player now.


I played in the AHL. I'm guessing you played in high-school/pond if watching that replay doesn't show you anything.

He was trying to trip/pin/slew foot him because he got beat to the puck and caught the back of the guys leg. ~end of story~ and he should have been suspended for it.

...You never raise your leg during contact and put it down far from your body like that unless your trying to use it as a obstruction. The fact you can clearly see he does just this and steps on the guys leg just shows you shanny is protecting the shield so this injury isnt in ever news report for a week. If he was going to dig out the puck, check him against the glass, or try and beat the pass that foot doesnt come down anywhere near were it does.
 
2013-02-15 09:46:08 AM  
"I don't know it it's intent to injure, but I don't know why you would hit somebody like that in that situation."

Looking at it again, I do have to agree with Alfredsson here... I don't think it was an intentional attempt to injure, but this is the kind of chickenshiat stuff Cooke has been famous for.
 
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