Pittsburgh Penguins pest Matt Cooke has a history of hitting players in the head and was suspended twice for it in 2009. This time he got KOed by a rookie. WARNING: Don’t blink or you’ll miss the knockout!
Last night Cooke took his act to Atlanta and in a meaningless game and decided to chase Thrashers rookie Evander Kane around challenging and harassing the youngster. Evander Kane, who is named after Evander Holyfield, finally accepted the invitation and the pair dropped their gloves. In a split second, in Holyfield fashion, Kane leveled Cooke with a right hook and knocked him out cold.
You could almost hear the cheers coming from Boston as Cooke laid on the ice with doctors tending to him and bringing out a stretcher.
Cooke is also the player who delivered the headshot to Boston Bruins star Marc Savard on March 7 that has sidelined the Bruins’ player ever since. Cooke, now a villain in Beantown, avoided any suspension for the Savard hit and has continued to be the pesky player Pittsburgh fans love and opponents love to hate.
After a long break, Cooke refused to be carted off and got up onto his feet and skated off on his own but is listed as day-to-day with a concussion.
When asked about the fight Thrashers coach John Anderson said, “Clearly Cooke came after an eighteen-year-old rookie. What goes around comes around.”
Since he’s a rookie who answered the call, Kane’s one-punch knockout joined our classic NHL brawls videos section.
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