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Since entering the NHL back in 1998 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, Matt Cooke has been suspended five times for a total of 27 games. And it looks like he’ll be adding to that list following his vicious knee on Tyson Barrie during Game 3 of the Minnesota Wild’s Western Conference first-round series against the Colorado Avalanche last night.
The hit occurred during the second period of a game that was eventually won by the Wild in overtime, 1-0. At the time, Cooke received just a two-minute minor for kneeing, but according to reports, the Wild forward has since earned an in-person hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Right now it is believed that Barrie will miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury. As for how long Cooke sits out as a result of this dirty knee, that’s up to the NHL to decide.
Here’s a look at the evidence they’ll be using to make their decision:
Hat Tip – [RMNB]