April 1, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke (24) skates against the Philadelphia Flyers during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Philadelphia Flyers won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Cooke Makes A Difference

Matt Cooke was given a directive to change his game from the Pittsburgh Penguins front office. After a season under his new style of Hockey, you could say it was a success.

Cooke finished the season with 19 goals and 19 assists and 4 more assists during the 6 game series with the Flyers in the Post Season. Cooke is a tremendous penalty killer for the Pens and he finished the regular season with only 30 minutes of penalty time himself. That is down from over 100 in previous seasons.

I would also like to mention that he took a great many bad hits throughout the season that were not called because he has dished out more than a few in his time and that is how the referees call a game against a player with a past. He made an incredible turnaround showing hockey that he was not just a penalty killer and a cheap shot head hunter only. This is a player that can make a difference on any team, but especially this Penguins team.

One of his highlights for the season for sure is of course when Sid came back the second time and centered Cooke’s Third line. Cooke was able to show off some of his scoring skill by getting 2 goals that night. He followed that up with 2 more goals 2 games later. Matt Cooke has made a change and for the Penguins sake, it was a change for the better.

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