Though it didn’t come from his blatant knee to knee hit on Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke was suspended four games by the NHL. It didn’t take Cooke long to take another dirty shot that caught the league’s attention. Cooke’s suspension was issued for a blindside hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin on Tuesday.
As ESPN.com points out, Cooke’s hit was never in question.
Cooke was issued a five-minute major for charging for his hit on Tyutin, which sent him face-first into the glass.
Cooke also was handed a five-minute major for fighting, as was Columbus center Derick Brassard, who went after Cooke after the hit. Tyutin stayed in the game.
Cooke’s history of cheap shots was detailed by Caps coach Bruce Boudreau on Sunday when he said “he’s done it to everybody.” Perhaps Boudreau was referring to the blindside hit he put on Bruins center Marc Savard last season that kept him out of the first 23 games this season with post concussion syndrome.