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Matt Cooke says he should not have been tossed for hit on Adam McQuaid

PITTSBURGH — After news came down that he would not be facing any additional discipline, Penguins [1] forward Matt Cooke [2] told reporters Sunday at Consol Energy Center that he did not believe he should have been given a game misconduct for his check from behind on Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

Cooke, who has not been suspended in over two years, received a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting McQuaid from behind in the second period, sending him into the boards head-first.

“I think it’s a penalty,” Cooke told reporters [3]. “But I don’t think it’s an ejection or suspension.”

McQuaid remained down on the ice and, after woozily skating off, missed the next 8:58, with Cooke incorrectly saying that the Bruins defenseman didn’t leave the game.

“Initially it looked like he was hurt but he played a shift after,” Cooke said [4].

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