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.
Obviously a lot happened in a short period of time. At the end of the day, considering everything I went through, I really felt close to my teammates and I really feel like what we accomplished, I know we didn't win it all. ... I'm really proud of how we got there and what we did once we got there.
— Rangers forward Martin St. Louis to Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com