With just over a minute remaining in regulation and the teams tied 2-2 on Tuesday night, Barret Jackman of the St. Louis Blues went to play the puck in the corner. Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins was right on his tail and delivered a check.
What happened next is a point of some controversy:
Cooke, who was given a two-minute minor on the play, made contact with Jackman's left shoulder; but Jackman landed against the boards face-first. Did Cooke shove him? Did Jackman twist to play the puck and land awkwardly? Did Jackman actually turn his back and dive into the boards to draw a call on Cooke?
Honestly, I'm buying the latter theory.
The Blues wanted more than two minutes. Cooke looked generally baffled by the whole affair. What a weird play.
The Penguins won in the shootout, 3-2. Cooke now has 17 PIMs on the season — very much within range to Cooke The Byng.