Boston tabloid demands retribution on Pens player.

 

A Boston tabloid is calling on the Bruins to mete out some frontier hockey justice when they face Matt Cooke and the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night.

 
 
 
 
 

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A Boston tabloid is calling on the Bruins to mete out some frontier hockey justice when they face Matt Cooke and the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night.

Cooke will be the centre of attention at TD Garden when the Penguins face the Bruins for the first time since Cooke blindsided Bruins star Marc Savard, likely ending Savard’s National Hockey League’s season.

And the Boston Herald is putting great effort into hyping the clash.

The front page of the tabloid’s Thursday edition featured a Wild West styled wanted poster featuring a photo of Cooke that read “WANTED . . . at least one Bruin willing to teach this bum a lesson.”

The Bruins were criticized after the March 7 game for not seeking retribution against Cooke, whose cheap shot left Savard with a severe concussion.

The Herald, which ripped Cooke’s hit as “stupid, unnecessary, viciously dirty and cowardly,” offers a scouting report that sizes up which Bruin might fight Cooke. An online poll also asked readers:

“How do you think the Bruins should handle the Matt Cooke situation tonight?”

The paper offered the following four options:

1) Knock him out of the game with an equally dirty hit;

2)
Drop the gloves and fight him;

3)
Go after Sidney Crosby instead; and

4) Turn the other cheek; a win is more important.

By early afternoon, 41 per cent of the 2,700-plus responses called for fighting Cooke, 25 per cent said go after Crosby, 16 per cent called for a dirty hit and 18 per cent suggested turning the other cheek.

The NHL is so concerned about retaliation from the Bruins that Colin Campbell, the league’s chief disciplinarian, is expected to attend the game.

 
 
 
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