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Coach's Corner: Best players must be targets

During his Coach's Corner segment on Saturday, Don Cherry said the best players on each NHL team need to be the targets of hard hits during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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What is one thing Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews have in common?

They should all be targets of their opposition during the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to Don Cherry.

“This is not midget hockey, it’s the NHL,” Cherry said during Saturday’s Coach’s Corner segment. “You always go after the best player, not dirty but hit ‘em and bang ‘em.”

Cherry also talked about Wild forward Matt Cooke’s return from suspension and how he starred in Friday’s 4-2 win over Chicago by setting up the game’s first goal and leading the way with game-highs in hits (five) and blocked shots (three).

Watch Saturday’s full segment in the video above. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Don?

Watch previous episodes of Coach's Corner here

Follow Don Cherry on Twitter @CoachsCornerCBC.

Follow Ron MacLean on Twitter @RonMacLeanCBC.

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