The NHL has reviewed Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s hit on Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson and determined that it’s not a punishable offense, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch. Ultimately, the NHL didn’t see any intent on the part of Cooke.
The incident occurred in the third period of Pittsburgh’s 4-2 victory over Ottawa on Wednesday. Cooke’s skate caught Karlsson’s leg and the 22-year-old blueliner was forced to leave the game with a lacerated Achilles tendon.
Karlsson will require surgery and might miss the remainder of the Senators’ season.
“It’s Matt Cooke. What else should I say?” Murray said. “Watch the replay.”
You can watch the replay below:
Forward Jason Spezza is also sidelined indefinitely and might be done for the season. Spezza and Karlsson were Ottawa’s top two scorers in 2011-12.