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.
He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.
— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday