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Mike Milbury calls for vigilante justice against Matt Cooke

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By Allan Muir

Now that Alex Ovechkin is back in his good graces, NBC Sports analyst Mike Milbury has a new target: Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke.

Milbury struggled to find the right words to describe his disdain for the edgy forward ahead of tonight’s game between the Pens and Sens. He did not have any trouble describing what he’d like to see, though.

“Should I try putrid? Cowardly? Because this guy’s a skunk, he’s a freakin’ skunk!” Milbury stammered. “I think somebody ought to set him straight and I hope it’s Ottawa tonight but if it doesn’t, I don’t care who it is.”

“They might have to do something, just like the rest of the league,” he continued.

Milbury acknowledged that Cooke had reformed his act somewhat after his vicious hit ended the career of Boston’s Marc Savard, but his game seems to be trending back towards the grey area after his hit on Erik Karlsson left the Ottawa defender with a sliced Achilles’ tendon. Case in point: his questionable hit on Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Saturday afternoon.

“That’s either a charley horse if you’re lucky or a knee [injury] if you’re not,” Milbury said of that collision. “It’s gutless and it should be out of the game.”

It’s been a banner week for Cooke haters. Boston announcer Jack Edwards was forced to apologize after comparing Cooke to Robert Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan during Saturday’s broadcast.

  • Published On Apr 22, 2013
  • 8 comments
    KeeganSmith
    KeeganSmith

    Milbury is a joke. He has an obvious bias against the Penguins. This is a man who was suspended by NBC for assaulting a 12 year old kid at a hockey game and hits people with shoes. He has no right to call anybody cowardly. How does he still have a job? If the NHL wants to prove something needs to be done about concussions he is their poster boy. He obviously has severe issues and brain damage

    Jimmy C
    Jimmy C

    And guys like Mike Milbury are EXACTLY why hocky will always be a division 1AA sport in the US.  Most people look at is as professional wrestling on skates - and morons like this guy just keep that image going.  Why - because that's they way they grew up in the sport.  Its stupid, pointless, neanderthal and ultimately damaging.   I love hockey but very few do.  More people watch cars going in endless circles than the Stanely Cup playoffs.  

     

    So just keep it up you knuckle dragging fools - keep proving that guys like you really belong in a trailer park crushing beer cans on your heads and thinking your special.  

    Shadow44
    Shadow44

    This headline and story is grossly misleading!  Your headline states "Mike Milbury calls for vigilante justice", but if you are honest and listen to his exact quote at 0:28 - 0:32, you'd know Milbury's exact word-for-word quote was "I don't think they (Ottawa) can look for vigilante justice here".  I'm not condoning Cooke's history of dirty hits, nor defending Mike Milbury (who says a lot of inflamatory things sometimes) but you are are being dishonest here.  Come on, SI, you can do better than this type of "hype" journalism.

    twofingersneak
    twofingersneak

    Mike Milbury - the same guy who climbed into the stands to assault a fan in 1979, and the same guy who assaulted a 12 year old pee-wee hockey player hardly more than a year ago - is calling out Cooke for being a goon?

    S
    S

    like milbury (a questionable player with questionable skills, a terrible coach and worse GM) should talk.  i don't recall cooke going into the stands to fight fans.  And milbury as a player? - 750+ games with 240 pts and 1550 pim --- nice!.  If cooke feels that it was an accident, then why fight neil over it?  However, Milbury's only reason to suggest or say outrageous statments about cooke or anyone else is for the ratings.  That's how he keeps his tv job, by being non-pc.

     

    DavidBurry
    DavidBurry

    I think Milbury is still crying about losing in the playoffs to Pens back in ealy 90s.  When Cooke was last suspended and missed the playoffs,  I was saying that the Pens should release him,  no need of a goon.  But I am suprised that the guy has changed his game and has actually become a better player.  The Karlson hit was a freak accidnet, with Cooke losing his balance and coming down wrong.  The McQaid hit was a standard hip check,  that happens all across hockey every night.  Milbury go back to doing what you do best,  making bad deals and bad coaching.

    budman72
    budman72

    Why sould anyone listen to this idiot?

    Brian729
    Brian729

    Cooke has been cheap in the past...but if he's upset at the hit on McQuaid, he's proving how out of touch he is with hockey. Climb back into the stands, you weasel.