PITTSBURGH (AP) - Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been hit with a four-game suspension by the NHL.
The league made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after Cooke hit Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind in a 4-1 loss. Tyutin was pummeled face first into the boards. He quickly got back on his skates.
Cooke will miss Thursday's home game against Los Angeles, as well as road games vs. the Islanders, Rangers and Colorado.
He will forfeit $87,804.88 in salary. Cooke was also suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009.
We're buyers. We're committed to winning. That's what [owner Vinnie Viola] has said all along and what we've said all along. We want to win. We want to win a championship. We're putting the pieces together, step by step, and we're hopeful that Jaromir can lead these young guys to the promised land. It's a win-win for us.
— Panthers GM Dale Tallon on Jaromir Jagr, who he traded for from the Devils on Thursday