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.