Pens' Cooke Assists In Monday Win: Matt Cooke contributed with an assist and a team-high three blocked shots Monday in Ottawa. (Updated 4/23/13)
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Although it seemed as though the Ottawa roster was preoccupied with taking vengeance on Matt Cooke for injuring the Achilles' tendon of Sens' star defender Erik Karlsson, the Pittsburgh forward kept his composure. The assist was Cooke's first point in nine April contests, illustrating how his offensive production has become secondary to his checking role in the last month. (Updated 4/23/13).
After sitting out a 20-game suspension to end to 2010-11 season, Matt Cooke shocked many in the hockey world with his reformed style of play last year. The 34-year-old winger managed to stay in control of emotions and nearly scored as many points (38) as he accumulated PIMs (44). Cooke set a career high in goals with 19, but it would be unwise to bank on the feisty forward reaching that number once more -- it's unlikely (though not impossible) he'll line up next to Sidney Crosby again. He will provide his fair share of hits, however. Cooke registered 160 hits to rank near the top of the team. It would be a mistake to reach for him, but he's worth plugging into lineups for a week or two when injuries strike. (Updated 8/14/12)