Penguins Winger Matt Cooke Hit with Two-Game Suspension

WoooooSenior Writer IJanuary 27, 2009

Pittsburgh Penguins' left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended without pay for two games by the National Hockey League.

The suspension comes "as a result of a blow delivered to the head of Carolina forward Scott Walker" in the Jan. 20 game between the Pens and Canes.

Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference on the aforementioned play.

Scott Walker left the ice after the incident and did not return.

Cooke will be forced to sit out the Penguins next two games against the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and Friday of this week.

This is yet another blow to a Penguins' roster which already lacks the presence Ruslan Fedotenko, Mike Zigomanis, and Sergei Gonchar.

Pascal Dupuis and Maxime Talbot are slated to return to the Penguins' lineup on Wednesday night when the Pens host the Rangers.

Sidney Crosby's status for the game is unknown, although he was quoted as saying he "hopes to be ready to go" for the game.

In the words of Michel Therrien, "Walker is soff."

Let's Go Pens.