Fist to face Carkner's message to bad Cooke
Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
|Ottawa Senators' Matt Carkner (L) hits New Jersey Devils' Adam Henrique during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Ottawa January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
NEW YORK — Matt Carkner is sick of Matt Cooke’s act.
The Senators defenceman said Wednesday he was just trying to send a message to the pesky Penguins winger when he punched him in the face at the final buzzer of the Senators’ 5-1 victory Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.
Carkner was angry that Cooke hammered defenceman Sergei Gonchar into the boards with a hard hit with 1:58 left and wanted to make sure it doesn’t happen again when the two teams play March 24 in Ottawa.
“That’s an easy two-minute penalty. That’s all that was,” said Carkner, who was given a roughing call. “He ran Gonch. We’re up 5-1. He dove (after he was hit by Carkner). I don’t understand why you dive when there’s zero seconds left on the clock.
“You’re not going to get much of a power play there. He’s one of those guys who always takes his cheapshots here and there. When I get a chance to give him a shot back. I gave him a little shot. I don’t know why he dove ... Avoiding the second shot was probably was what he was doing so it was probably smart on that part.”
Carkner said he warned Cooke.
“In the scrum, I told him, ‘You deserve that. Keep your head up,’” said Carkner. “You can’t run our good players. He’s one of those guys that always take liberties on other players. I don’t think he’s too fair of a player.