In response to red75's comment:
And knee-capping Malkin and Crosby would have helped Savard how exactly? Would it have magically cured his concussion? I would've liked someone to have dropped gloves with Cooke the moment it happened, like McQuaid did last night, but retaliation beyond that sure as heck wasn't going to benefit anything other than maybe your sense of revenge.
You say that going after another team's stars would stop any other player from going after our stars. I think the exact opposite would happen - not only would we lose players to suspensions, but other teams would possibly pull more crap on the Bruins because they'd know the team would not be disciplined and half the lineup would end up in the box. If a cheap shot means you can get Chara and Lucic ejected all the time, wouldn't that just lead to more cheap shots? I think it would create the problem you're trying to solve.
Yes - I think that If somebody beat the ever living sh1t out of Crosby in response to what Cooke did - it makes a difference. That would have been on Cooke - not the Bruins. Just like last night would have been on Scott - not the Bruins. And when one of yours gets taken out with a vicious career ending head shot with no other intent then to injure - you respond without all the hand ringing and trying to figure out what the possible repercussions are. You do whatever you have to do in order to protect your own - regardless. Lose the game, take suspensions - whatever. Character is what you do in spite of what might happen.
And Red - if you were on my team and somebody did that they're goin down. Too bad I couldn't count on you to do the same, because you were trying to stay out of the box or not get disciplined.
Like I said you wouldn't understand.
BTW...Save all the patronizing and condescending crap. I'm talking to you straight up. If you took the chip off your shoulder you would get that it's actually the opposite.