I promise we'll stop after this, but the holier-than-thou comments from Mario Lemieux may have put a bit of a burr in the saddle of Islanders fans ... and, well, fans of anyone who plays the Penguins.
So in honor of Monday's holiday, we dug up an, um, anti-Valentine from Don Cherry to Matt Cooke. Summary: Not a fan.
As you may know, Cherry champions physicality (aka "truculence") rather frequently, but believes it also should adhere to some kind of code of conduct. In this clip, as a montage of rather dirty hits from Cooke rolls in the background, Cherry gives his rather pointed opinion of the pest, and also recounts an anecdote of a post-game meeting between the two. Take a look.
In case you want to take a closer look at some of that dubious highlight reel, here's some more research for you:
Now, Mario, about the state of the league? Yeah ...
With those images fresh in your mind, it's probably no wonder why Evander Kane made a lot of folks smile last April.
Can't you just feel the love?