Matt Cooke explains his hit on McQuaid

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Penguins forward Matt Cooke was able to avoid further punishment for his hit on Boston’s Adam McQuaid and at this morning’s skate in Pittsburgh, he explained what he thought of the play.

“After I got by him, I looked up and see his right shoulder and he looks me right in the eyes. I was committed to hit him,” Cooke says.

“I made contact. I think it’s a penalty, but I don’t think it’s an ejection or a suspension, but that’s my opinion,” he added.

An ejection is just what he got for boarding McQuaid as he was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Expect hostilities to continue in Game 2.