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Matt Cooke Suspended for Two Games

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a deliberate check to the head area of New York Rangers forward Artem Anisimov in NHL game #373, the National Hockey League announced Sunday.

Cooke, who was suspended for two games January 20, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Accordingly, he forfeits $29,268.30 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference at 7:39 of the third period.  Anisimov was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

Cooke will miss today’s game at the Rangers and Dec. 3 against Colorado.  He will be eligible to return December 5 against Chicago.

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