The NHL announced Monday Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for an elbow on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh that took place Sunday. It is the fourth suspension of Cooke's career, and second of this season.

 

WILMINGTON -- Tyler Seguin's terrific play has rarely been a storyline this season, and the explanation as to why is pretty simple: The rookie's play hasn't been terrific. 



WILMINGTON -- With Penguins forward Matt Cooke striking again Sunday with an elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, the Bruins dressing room seemed intentionally silent on the matter at Monday's practice. B's forward Brad Marchand, however, did not hold back when asked about the play, which figures to be earn Cooke a suspension after Monday's hearing. 

 

March isn't a good time for team to be in free-fall, so with 11 games remaining in the regular season, the Bruins, 1-3-3 over their last seven games, are hoping consecutive days at Ristuccia arena for the first time in a while will do the trick. While the town laments their play of late, the players in the room are just trying to diagnose the issue and remedy it. 



Remember the good old days of January?



Both Bruins goaltenders saw how bad things were in Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre Saturday night.

 

Tim Thomas, who allowed four goals on the night, was pulled in the second period, but returned to start the third. The Leafs got goals from Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri, Joey Crabb, Mike Brown, and Keith Aulie. Thomas was yanked after Brown's second-period goal, though Tuukka Rask played only 11:42 before Thomas was reinserted between the pipes. 

 

The Predators announced that forward Patric Hornqvist was fined $2,500 by the NHL Friday for his elbow on Bruins forward Tyler Seguin in Thursday night's game. He was not suspended. 

 

Hornqvist was tossed from the Predators' 4-3 overtime win with 2:30 remaining in the first period when he hit Seguin in the ear with an elbow. Seguin left the ice and received stitches in his ear but returned to the game. 

 

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When the Bruins were in the midst of their impressive seven-game win streak, people saw just how good they can be. All of the summer hype that surrounded the team in the months leading up to the regular season suddenly seemed on par.



The Bruins suffered their third overtime loss in their last six games, falling by a 4-3 score to the Predators on a night in which the Canadiens gained ground in the standings. 

 

With 2:01 remaining in overtime, Steve Kampfer took a holding penalty, giving the Predators a shot at their first overtime victory of the season. Shea Weber scored the game-winner on the 4-on-3, beating Tuukka Rask, who made 25 saves on the night. 

 

The Bruins announced Thursday that forward Brad Marchand has received a two-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Columbus forward R.J. Umberger in Tuesday night's 3-2 shootout win over the Blue Jackets. Marchand will miss Thursday's game in Nashville, as well as Saturday's contest in Toronto. He will be eligible to return to the lineup when the B's host the Devils on Tuesday.