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Posted at 1:37 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Penguins' Matt Cooke suspended four games for hit from behind

By Lindsay Applebaum

Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended four games for hitting Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin from behind last night in Pittsburgh.

The suspension was first reported by Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

Tyutin was uninjured by the hit, but he told the Columbus Dispatch it was "the worst hit I've ever had from behind. ... I wasn't surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits."

Cooke received a five-minute major penalty for charging and five minutes for his fight with Blue Jackets forward Derrick Brassard.

The incident came just two days after Cooke escaped punishment for a knee-on-knee collision with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. After Sunday's game, Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't hesitate to share his opinion of Cooke.

Cooke "knows damn well what he did," Boudreau said. "There's no doubt in my mind that he's good at it and he knows how to do it. He knows how to pick this stuff. We as a league, we still buy into this [idea] that, 'Oh it was an accidental thing.'"

In March, Cooke delivered a blindside hit to Marc Savard that kept the Bruins forward out of the final 18 games of the regular season. Cooke was not suspended for the hit.

More from Post Sports: Tracee Hamilton: Matt Cooke suspension is only a start

By Lindsay Applebaum  | February 9, 2011; 1:37 PM ET
 
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Comments

cue whiny posts from Penguins fans...

blah..blah..Steckel...blah blah...Ovie...blah blah...move the team to Kansas City.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

They should have given him the death sentence (suspension for the remainder of this season and the playoffs). He is one bad apple and has been at it for awhile now and shows no remorse.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 9, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Woohoo! About time.

Posted by: pirate1 | February 9, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Move aside, ****55, we at least have Backstrom to avenge Cooke's knee on Ovi...I pity the team that dares take liberties with us!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 9, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow, lylewimbledon

You clearly don't understand Boudreau's message, or professional sports psychology.
1) BB isn't laying BLAME on Neuvy- he is simply stating the fact that he did let in two goals towards the end of an otherwise stellar performance. You are right, however, that the offense should and does carry the blame for the loss, due to the fact that they were unable to capitalize on their chances.

2) This isn't Peewee hockey. It IS about winning, and not protecting your players' feelings. BB must be blunt when he has an opinion (as long as this comment won't result in a fine from CC and his goons)- this tough love will ultimately help his players to improve.

Posted by: apollak8 | February 9, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

While I appreciate the personal attack, and your omnipresent knowledge of what I know...kinda hard to take you seriously when you agree with me.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 9, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

The league couldn't suspend him for more. The league has him back in time for our next game in Pittsburgh. They wouldn't want to lose that opportunity for ratings.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The caps should have found a way to keep Cooke.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 9, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

then clearly you know nothing of the sport. *penscapsNOTarivalry*
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And your screen name says what about your intelligence?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 9, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

isn't this the second time Cooke has been suspended in his career? What does that do for future issues with Cooke when he has another dirty hit?

personal opinion: good player but man does the boy need to make better judgement calls... Savard head, Ovi's knee, and this one looked like he could have really hurt Tyutin if he wasn't flush with the boards!

Idiot move on his part!

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 9, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

not sure if it's been mentioned but LEAFS TRADE BEAUCHEMIN TO DUCKS FOR LUPUL, GARDINER, DRAFT PICK

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=353098

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 9, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. I was wondering what Tracee Hamilton's view on Matt Cooke was.

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Posted by: gandorfdapirate | February 9, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Good! The dirty little punk deserves every suspension he gets.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 9, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I endorse Ken Daneyko's approach: 2 weeks open season on Matt Cooke. No penalties for anyone who goes after him.

As much as I dislike agitators, a guy like Avery who is a pest is way better than Cooke who has several patented moves: the elbow to the head, the dragged knee-on-knee hit, and the square on the numbers from behind move. I play and respect gritty players and hate injuries, but the day someone throws Matt Cooke through a sheet of glass is the day I stand up and applaud.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 9, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Finally ..... I couldn't believe the NHL didn't suspend this creep when he knocked out Denis Savard last season.

Posted by: noreaster1 | February 9, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I watched a "Coach's Corner" episode from last year after the Savard hit. There was a video of Matt Cooke dirty hits that could have been a Sports Center Top 10 spot. He really does hit with the intent to injure and, unfortunately, is occasionally successful. Let us take this one step further- there is something really mentally wrong with Matt Cooke. You can call it criminal, evil, or psychopathic but there is something wrong with that man. It is one thing to be tough, an enforcer, an agitator, a hard checker, etc which is all part of hockey but to repeatedly and maliciously try to seriously injure somebody is really pathological. If the league doesn't do something, and both Super Mario and Disco Dan continue to make excuses for him (Dan's excuses for the hit and Ovie's knee on knee episode are nauseating)than his carnage will continue OR there will be vigilante justice on the ice, neither of which is right.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 9, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

The players need to police their own league if the NHL won't do it.

Matt Cooke is not the toughest guy in the NHL and any number of players out there could knock this guy into next Sunday in a fight.

And if that happens in 2 or 3 games Cooke will become more tentative.

No doubt about it.

Again, my reading of his game is that he goes after finesse players but runs away from confrontations with anyone who is a credible enforcer.

He ran away from Matt Bradley who is hardly an imposing figure in the last game at Verizon Center.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 9, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Fedor Tyutin aught to sue the league for allowing Cooke to even play in that game. Cooke should have already been suspended after his intentional knee-on-knee contact with Ovechkin in the previous game.

How many more players will Matt Cooke be allowed to injure before he is banned from the league permanently? Maybe the next player he injures should file criminal assault charges. Because, clearly, that seems the only way this serial offender will be stopped.

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | February 9, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Again, my reading of his game is that he goes after finesse players but runs away from confrontations with anyone who is a credible enforcer.

He ran away from Matt Bradley who is hardly an imposing figure in the last game at Verizon Center.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4
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That is Matt Cooke in a nutshell. Dirty, dirty player. Bylsma should be ashamed.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | February 9, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Where are the cookie apologists now.
BB was right to Phil Jackson that cookie's @ss.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 9, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

I'll keep it simple.

This hit IS the consequence of not suspending Cooke for 2 games after the knee-on-knee hit on Ovi.
This is the price the league pays for not having a clear statement - Dirty play is not acceptable.
It MUST be as simple as high-sticking. (Automatically 2min or 2+2).
Penalties for:
Hit to the head = 5min; Injury = till the end of the game
Knee on knee = 5 min; Injury = till the end of the game
Headfirst into the boards = 5min; Injury=till the end of the game
Plus league review for suspensions.
If it is accidental (no penalty called) = it is ok. If it is not accidental = see above.

Stick to it and save health of the players.

Posted by: Michael01a | February 10, 2011 5:09 AM | Report abuse

For the Pens game I want to see the following line on the rink when Cooke's ass is out there:

DJ-Hendricks-Bradley
Erskine - Poti(?)

And i want Cooke to feel every inch of our love to him.

Posted by: Michael01a | February 10, 2011 5:16 AM | Report abuse

I am *SO* glad that the Washington Capitals and Bruce Boudreau would *NEVER* have a player like Matt Cooke on the roster.

Oh, wait.

The Caps TRADED with Vancouver to acquire Cooke in 2008, while Boudreau was coach.

Well, at least when Cooke injured Vinny Lecavalier in one of his first games as a Cap, Boudreau was out there telling the media that it was totally unacceptable and immediately benching Cooke for the remainder of the season.

Oh, wait.

That didn't happen.

C'mon, Bruce. C'mon, Caps fans. It's awfully hypocritical to dress a guy like Cooke and defend his cheap shots when he's on your team, and then to turn around and start whining as soon as he starts playing for another franchise.

Posted by: longtimedem | February 10, 2011 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about leaving your feet...

Posted by: Bartolo1 | February 10, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

to longtimedem:

and all russians were communists. It is so hypocritical to had a cold war with russians and now to have a non-U.S.captain

:-)

Cooke is a piece of dirty bargage and there is no hypocracy in stating this fact.

The truth in your words is, that Cooke was on DC roster and injured Lecavalier. But at that time he was not that infamous.

Posted by: Michael01a | February 10, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm missing something, but that looked like a check into the boards that you see hundreds of a time a season w/o penalty. Cooke hit him high, but a 4 game suspension? Don't quite get it.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 10, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Matt Cock belongs in a jail, period. End of Story.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | February 10, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm missing something, but that looked like a check into the boards that you see hundreds of a time a season w/o penalty. Cooke hit him high, but a 4 game suspension? Don't quite get it.

Posted by: randysbailin
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Not quite the same. It is a matter of positioning, if the player is square to the boards with his stick is in front of him he is defenseless from a hit directly from behind that is likely to slam him head first into the glass. If you look closer at the hits you are speaking of the player's position or the angle of hit isn't perpendicular to the boards. Its a slight but significant difference. In this this particular case Cooke also launched himself off his skates to increase the force of the hit. This is why he got four games instead of two.

This penalty was invented by the league after Dale Hunter plowed Pierre Turgeon into the boards after Turgeon scored a goal that effectively eliminated the Capitals from the second round of the playoffs. Turgeon, considered one of the top centers in the NHL a the time, was lost for the season. Hunter was suspended 21 games for the incident.

Posted by: akmzrazor | February 10, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone heard from Sidney Crosby regarding his own team mate's roughness? Cooke has inflicted a lot worse on others then anything that Crosby received lately. I would truely like to hear what Crosby has to say.

Odds are that Crosby will be hypocritical when it comes to defending Cooke. Changes start at home...

Posted by: SnkeyPete1 | February 11, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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