ATLANTA – Two Penguins who left the contest early on Saturday night received good news following the game.
Penguins forward Matt Cooke
is OK after leaving the game following a fight with Atlanta’s Evander Kane 1:59 into the second period on Saturday night at Philips Arena.
“He left the ice saying he was fine, and he continues to be that way now,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “We will see how he is (Sunday) and going forward.”
Cooke and Kane squared off near the Atlanta blue line when the Thrashers rookie connected twice with punches to the face of Cooke, including one when Cooke was already lying prone on the ice.
Cooke, who did not return for precautionary reasons, was making Kane pay for a couple of earlier skirmishes between the Thrashers forward and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
Bylsma said that Cooke’s status for Sunday night’s season finale with the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum will be determined following an evaluation Sunday morning.
“He will obviously get evaluated in more than one way,” Bylsma said. “He will go through a battery of tests.”
Defenseman Brooks Orpik
also left early on Saturday, leaving early in the third period after he was cut by an unidentified Thrasher.
“I just got stitched up,” Orpik said. “It’s nothing too bad.”
Orpik was optimistic he will be able to dress Sunday.
“We’ll see how it is (Sunday),” Orpik said. “It’s on my leg and I’ve never had (a cut) there before. (Jordan) Staalsy had a similar (cut) there earlier in the year and it didn’t stop him from playing.”