Cooke out for blow to opponent's head

TORONTO -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended two games without pay for a blow to the head of an opposing player.

Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference against Carolina forward Scott Walker in the first period of the Hurricanes' 2-1 win Jan. 20. Walker left the game and did not return.

Cooke will miss games against the New York Rangers on Wednesday and New Jersey Devils on Friday, the NHL announced Tuesday.

He will be eligible to return Saturday at Toronto. Cooke will forfeit $12,903.23.