Cooke fined $2,500
Washington's Matt Cooke, whose hit on Vinny Lecavalier caused the Lightning star's shoulder injury, was fined Friday $2,500 by the league. There was no suspension. The league decided Cooke's open-ice hit on Lecavalier, who was not carrying the puck, should have been an interference call. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated to D.C. reporters Friday that he believed Cooke was trying to check Tampa Bay's Michel Ouellet, who had the puck along the left wing boards.
"I don't think he was trying to check Vinny,'' Boudreau said. "I think he was going after the puck carrier. It was shoulder to shoulder. It's not like Vinny didn't see him. He saw him. We've seen the replay 30 times. There was nothing dirty about it.''