Pittsburgh Penguins Agitator Matt Cooke Suspended: NHL Makes Right Call

February 9th, 2011 by Alison Myers Leave a reply »
This afternoon, the NHL announced that Pittsburgh Penguins forward and team pest Matt Cooke was suspended for four games. The discipline came as a result of Cooke hitting Fedor Tyutin of the Columbus Blue Jackets from behind in Tuesday's game.

Late in the first period, Tyutin was coming up ice into the Jackets' defensive zone. As he came into the play, Cooke hit him into the boards from behind. Tyutin fell to the ice, and although he was able to get up on his own, Columbus took exception to the hit, and a brawl broke out.  

Tyutin did not suffer an injury on the play, but the NHL felt enough was enough with Cooke. He will now serve his suspension after receiving a major boarding penalty last night.  

Due to the time sensitive nature of this write-up, I am not going to list Cooke’s every offense over his NHL career. However, I do believe he has been getting off the hook for too long.

Last season, when Cooke hit Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins and gave him a concussion, Cooke got off scot-free. Savard did not and not only suffered a concussion, he also dealt with post-concussion syndrome.

This year, he elbow ...

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