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.
Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.
— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals