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by Paul on 02/11/11 at 10:30 AM ET
from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Addressing the media for the first time since the NHL suspended him for four games, Cooke acknowledged Thursday he has met with Penguins coach Dan Bylsma three times this season about not shying away from his physical approach.
Yet Cooke admitted he has, to a degree.
“I’ve altered my game,” Cooke said, a reference to eliminating hits like the one that sidelined Boston center Marc Savard for two months last season. “I’ve had a meeting with the coach for not hitting a guy coming through the middle. There’s a really high risk of being suspended, and I’ve not hit that guy.”
Cooke said he has received support from Penguins ownership and his teammates, but at least one teammate didn’t have a problem with the NHL’s punishment.
“I think it’s fair,” defenseman Brooks Orpik said. “That’s a dangerous hit.”
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