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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.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round