PITTSBURGH – Matt Cooke, tossed from Game 1 for hitting Adam McQuaid from behind in the second period, didn’t think he deserved a five-minute major.
According to Cooke, as he went in on the forecheck, he and McQuaid made eye contact.
“I see his right shoulder and he looks me right in the eyes,” Cooke said. “I think at the last minute he goes to make a reverse with the puck. I committed to hit him. I don’t drive him through the boards. I make contact. I think it’s a penalty. But I don’t think it’s an ejection or suspension. That’s my opinion.”
McQuaid skated slowly off the ice to the dressing room. McQuaid returned later in the period.
Cooke will not receive supplemental discipline for the hit.
“Initially, it looked like he was maybe hurt,” Cooke said. “But he played a shift after. I think that probably affected their decision.”