Marc Savard and Boston Bruins Blindsided: Ice Hockey's Newest Black Eye

Francois GendronSenior Writer IMarch 11, 2010

During a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins, Matt Cooke blindsided Marc Savard and sneaked a violent shoulder check directly to the side of his head.

Savard went to the ground, seriously hurt.

Savard suffered from a ''grade two'' concussion and could miss the remainder of the regular season.

All eyes were on Colin Campbell in hope of an exemplary suspension for Matt Cooke. Many fans want those types of hits banned or seriously punished.

After a couple of days, the league made a decision.

The NHL will not suspend Matt Cooke for his disgusting hit to Marc Savard's head.

Even worse, the NHL explained that Cooke wasn't suspended because another player committed a similar infraction earlier this season and wasn't punished either. This kind of illogical thinking is what has kept the NHL exactly where it is right now—in the gutter.

The decision took many by surprise and angered Montreal Canadiens' Maxim Lapierre.

Lapierre was suspended for four games a few days ago by the league for a minor push in the back without serious consequences.

Once again, where is the logic?

In the past, the consequences and the type of player committing the infraction influenced the board's decisions. In the past, we often saw an average player receive a more severe suspension than a star player did for similar actions.

Today, we roll the dice and add a new twist. It's not who hits, but who's been hit.

Matt Cooke is known for being capable of the worst, but at the same time we know that Marc Savard has some temper and likes to trash talk with his opponents.

Did Savard's reputation catch up with him in this incident? If it did, it is a shame.

(Picture: Marc Savard)