Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Matt Cooke Suspended For Four

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke got a four-game suspension for his hit from behind on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin.

Cooke was initially issued a five-minute major for charging.

Cooke also was handed a five-minute major for fighting, as was Columbus center Derick Brassard, who went after Cooke after the hit. Tyutin stayed in the game.

The Penguins, who lost 4-1, contended Tyutin had glanced over his shoulder before playing the puck behind his net.

"It was the worst hit I've ever had from behind," Tyutin said, according to the Columbus Dispatch. "I wasn't surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits."

Here's the hit...judge for yourself...
((HT: FSNPittsburgh/NHL/youtube))

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