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Penguins' Cooke receives two-game suspension

Sunday, 11.29.2009 / 6:24 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay, as the result of a deliberate check to the head area of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov, the League announced Sunday.

Cooke delivered the hit Saturday during the third period of the Penguins' 8-3 win over the Rangers at Mellon Arena. He was assessed a minor penalty for interference. Anisimov did not return to the game.

After Cooke served the two minutes, Donald Brashear of the Rangers attempted to engage him in a fight, but the officials stepped in between the two and Brashear was assessed a double minor for roughing.

Cooke later fought the Rangers' Ryan Callahan, with each player receiving a 10-minute misconduct in addition to the five-minute majors.

The teams complete their home-and-home Monday night at Madison Square Garden. Cooke will miss that game and the Penguins' matchup on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche before he is eligible to return Saturday for a game against Chicago.
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