It is quite possible that Pittsburgh Penguins feisty forward Matt Cooke will be difficult to contain for the Boston Bruins this upcoming Eastern Conference Final series just as he was in the second round for the Ottawa Senators.
The playoff road to the Stanley Cup has been paved with teams that hold controversy for Cooke up to this point. First it was the Senators and his hit on defenseman Erik Karlsson severing a tendon in his foot earlier in the regular season and now it is the Bruins and Cooke’s hit on center Marc Savard in 2010 that ultimately ended Savard’s professional career.
Looking at Cooke’s numbers in the last round against Ottawa it is not clear just how well he’s been playing with only three points (0G, 3A) to his name; however, as recited many times before, it is not always the things that are kept track of on paper that can help a team win and such is the case of Cooke and what he has done through these playoffs for the Penguins. Playing these teams under such a microscope may just be a good thing with the way Cooke has played to prove himself up to this point in the playoffs. Whatever pushes him to do so well provides a spark not only to him, but to the team and that will hopefully be there for him in the series against the Bruins as well.