No discipline for Cooke or Bolland after iffy Game 1 hits
Yesterday’s pair of Game 1’s saw a suspicious hit in each of them and they’re both going to go without further discipline.
Chicago’s Dave Bolland hit Los Angeles’ Mike Richards with a high hit that appeared to see Bolland leave his feet to make. The hit left Richards dazed but ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reports Bolland won’t see further action from the league for it, however. Bolland was not penalized for the hit during the game and felt it was a good hit.
Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke hit Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid from behind into the boards, earning him a five-minute major and a game misconduct while also touching off hostilities between the two teams. McQuaid wasn’t injured on the play and coach Dan Bylsma didn’t think the play deserved a major penalty.
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports Cooke also won’t see further discipline from the league for the hit. Don’t expect everyone to forget about the hit, however, as Monday night’s Game 2 should be brimming with angst.