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Savard’s mother: ‘I would have hit [Cooke] myself’

03.12.10 at 11:41 am ET
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The mother of injured Bruins center Marc Savard gave an interview to the Ottawa Citizen and expressed her disappointment with the fact that no disciplinary action was taken against Penguins forward Matt Cooke for his hit Sunday.

Rollande Savard said she saw the play on television and feared the worst. ‘€œI was watching the game at my parents’€™ house and I saw a man lying on the ice and I said, ‘€˜Mom, that’€™s Marc, I can tell by his skates,’€™ and I totally lost it,’€ she said. ‘€œThere was a fight going on at the other end and, for a few seconds, he was just lying there. It’€™s just so hard to see that. I really thought he was dead, and I saw the stretcher come out.’€

NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell spoke with Dennis & Callahan Friday morning and said he wanted to penalize Cooke but had no rule on which to base a suspension. Rollande Savard isn’t happy with Campbell’s explanation or his demeanor. ‘€œThings like that can happen, we all understand, but then I saw Colin Campbell talking on TV and he has no sympathy whatsoever,’€ she said.

‘€œIf I would have been there, I would have hit him myself,” she added. “[Cooke] tried to take Marc out. He should be out. That kid shouldn’€™t be playing. He should be penalized. We all know it shouldn’€™t be allowed in the game and we hear this stuff about new rules taking effect next year. That’€™s bull. Do something now. That guy [Cooke] is laughing at everyone. My son could be out forever. Who knows? With this Matt Cooke, do something right now. He’€™s hit guys like that before. He has a track record.’€

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