PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The hits just keep on coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The injury-plagued team will be short another forward for the next four games.
Matt Cooke received a four-game suspension from the NHL Wednesday afternoon for an incident during Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the first period, Cooke hit Fedor Tyutin into the boards from behind. He was assessed a five-minute major for charging and a five-minute major for a subsequent fight after the hit.
However, Cooke was not given a game-misconduct penalty and returned to action in the second period.
This isn’t the first time the feisty winger has dealt with controversy.
Boston Bruins fans will never forget the questionable hit he delivered to Marc Savard last season.
On Sunday, Cooke was involved in a knee-to-knee collision with Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin. Cooke was only assessed a two-minute minor penalty for tripping on the play.
The Penguins are already playing without Sidney Crosby (concussion), Evgeni Malkin (torn ACL and MCL), Arron Asham (upper-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Mark Letestu (knee surgery) and Mike Comrie (hip surgery).
They will host the Los Angeles Kings Thursday night at 7 p.m.