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Evander Kane destroys Matt Cooke with one punch

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I’m not one who specifically believes in karma, but it does seem that things sometimes just have a way of working themselves out. Ever since Matt Cooke escaped penalty and suspension for ending Marc Savard’s season, it seems fans have just been waiting for when the rest of the NHL gets their payback.

Especially since the Boston Bruins passed up their own chance.

Now, I’m not saying that I would condone another cheap, dirty or dangerous hit on Cooke. But perhaps a good lesson could be learned the hard way.

I never thought it would be Evander Kane that would provide it.

Early in the second period, Kane was along the near boards in his own and passed the puck up ice. Cooke comes by and give Kane a rough shove from behind into the boards; nothing extremely bad but it was enough to rile up Kane. They dropped the gloves, and Kane immediately unleashed a furious right hand that grazed Cooke’s face and into his shoulder pad.

Kane reloaded, and landed the knockout punch of the season.

The officials immediately called for medical assistance as Cooke laid on the ice. A stretcher was brought on on the ice, but Cooke was able to get up and leave under his own power.

You can see video of the ‘fight’ here, complete with a great breakdown of the play by the FSN broadcast team. (H/t to Kukla’s)

We hope Cooke is fine, especially if he has a concussion. I know that sounds odd, but I wish injury on no player.

Not even Todd Bertuzzi.

Maybe Marty McSorley.

Screencap courtesy of FSN SportSouth.