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

The mother of injured Bruins center Marc Savard [1] gave an interview to the Ottawa Citizen [2] and expressed her disappointment with the fact that no disciplinary action was taken against Penguins [3] forward Matt Cooke [4] 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 [5] disciplinarian Colin Campbell spoke with Dennis & Callahan [6] 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 [7] 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.’€