Penguins Matt Cooke suspended four games

Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke was dealt a four game suspension by the NHL as a direct result of a first period hit from behind on Tuesday night against Columbus Blue Jackets defense-man Fedor Tyutin. Cooke, who has 10 goals and 23 points this season also found himself in hot water two days earlier when on a televised Sunday afternoon game, he hit Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin with a knee-on-knee hit. “It’s Matt Cooke. Need we say more?” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said after that game. Cooke’s reputation as a disturber goes back to last year when in March against the Boston Bruins he hit veteran forward Marc Savard in the head area which knocked him out for the rest of the season with a Grade 2 concussion. Following the play against Columbus where
Cooke was given a five-minute major for charging, he found himself not surprisingly in a fight shortly afterwards with Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard who was the instigator. Meanwhile Tyutin finished the game and was very blunt with his comments afterwards about the hit. “It was the worst hit I’ve ever had from behind,” Tyutin said. “I wasn’t surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits.”

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