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Penguins' Cooke In Need of Spin Doctor

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Last week, as the Penguins' Matt Cooke crunched Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson into the boards at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, Cooke's skate blade sliced into the left Achilles tendon of the defending Norris Trophy winner, ending his season and producing some truly awful images, from the still photo of Karlsson's face immediately after the incident to the video of Karlsson attempting to push off using his left skate, only to scream in pain and continue off the ice on just one foot.

 

 

Karlsson's injury is unfortunate for all sorts of reasons: It interrupts the career of a player who captured the Norris Trophy for best defenseman in just his third NHL season; it deprives fans in Ottawa and beyond the opportunity to watch one of the league's most...

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