Penguins Matt Cooke Suspended 14+ Games Over Blindside Hit

Pittsburgh (CBS) – The NHL came down hard on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke over a blindside elbow to the head of the New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh.

Cooke, who is a repeat offender, was suspended for the remainder of the regular season, which works out to 10 games, along with the first round of the playoffs.

Cooke’s blindside hit that ended Boston Bruins star Marc Savard’s season last year, led to the NHL cracking down on those types of hits.

He was not punished for that hit but has already been suspended once in 2011.

According to CBS Pittsburgh, Cooke will also forfeit close to $220,000 in salary as part of his punishment.

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  1. BLACKBEAR1 says:

    wELL, WELL, NHL DISCIPLINE CZAR, COLIN CAMPBELL IS ONE REAL TOUGH DUDE. . A LITTLE SLOW, BUT A REAL TOUGH GUY. DO NOT KNOW WHAT TOOK HIM SO LONG TO DO ANYTHING. ALL WE NEED NOW IS FOR HIM TO IMPLY THAT THAT MONTREAL GUY IS A LITTLE FAKER, LIKE HE DID TO MARC SAVARD.

  2. David Carbone says:

    It is about time they got tough with this guy, hopefully they will continue this tough stand.

  3. Admiral37 says:

    Where’s Mario been? He’s been pretty quiet about his goon’s on-ice performance. For somebody who went ballistic when the Islanders beat up on the Penguins back in February, his silence now is deafening. Campbell should have gone one step further and said that if Cooke does this one more time, he’s out of the league forever. But the NHLPA would probably go nuts over that…

  4. Buddy says:

    The NHL hasn’t any backbone whatsoever! This guy Cooke is like the plague. It’s one thing to put a god hard clean hit on someone but to purposely and intentionally try to hurt someone is criminal in itself. I am goig to write my local politicians to see if they can intervene against such players. They want to play dirty, ingure with such malice I say start going after these types of Players legally.

    The NHL isn’s going to do it. The players know they can basically get away with it dirt cheap. I say suspend the guy for as long as the guy was hurt is out. The salary for the player out should go to the player who was hurt.

    Buddy

  5. Loves Crosby says:

    I agree that Cooke’s hit was dirty and cheap however there let me re-iderate the fact that all players have at one time or another put dirty illegal hits on other players and got no suspension. If its good for one then it should be good for all. It will never get resolved if all arent treated equally when a dirty hit gets noticed. Hockey is a great sport but until they get this under control then unfortunately players will contiune to get hurt. Its terrible that players are out there intentionally trying to seriously injury someone or even end their career all for the sake of an illegal hit.. It makes ya wonder what could really happen if they were really angry

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