A range of emotions, from relief to indifference, bubbled to the surface Sunday as word spread that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke would not be suspended for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final.
Cooke drew a major for checking from behind and a game misconduct in Game 1 when he slammed Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid into the end boards.
Cooke, whose history of suspensions in the NHL is the stuff of common knowledge, will be in the Penguins lineup Monday night at the Consol Energy Center.
"There is a great relief because I want to be on the ice helping my team, not sitting in this dressing room, worrying about winning or losing," Cooke said. "I have been in that situation before and it's no fun. I'm just thankful I can go out tomorrow night and help this team."