WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins dives after the puck as he is pursued by Roman Hamrlik #44 of the Washington Capitals during the first period at Verizon Center on January 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
In the middle of his most disciplined season, Matt Cooke made a questionable play on Brad Richards. He will not face disciplinary action.
Matt Cooke is in the middle of a disciplinary renaissance this season, and is having his most reserved season yet. But he made a questionable play against Brad Richards when the Penguins faced the Flyers which resulted Richards taking a pretty nasty backwards tumble. But according to Darren Dreger, he will not be facing any disciplinary action.
Matt Cook won't face sup discipline for play on Richards. Should have been a penalty but doesn't qualify as a traditional slew foot.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) January 20, 2012
In case you missed the play, here is a video replay tweeted by @emptynetters.
You can certainly make the case that Cooke made some questionable contact that resulted in Richards taking that nasty spill, but there is no way to know for sure whether or not his foot left the ground to regain his balance or if he was making that move intentionally.
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