Matt Cooke suspended seven games for kneeing Avalanche's Tyson Barrie

By: the Denver Post
April 23, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm
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photo - Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie skated off after getting hit by Minnesota's Matt Cooke in Game 3. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)
Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie skated off after getting hit by Minnesota's Matt Cooke in Game 3. (John Leyba, The Denver Post) 

ST. PAUL, minn. — The NHL suspended the Minnesota Wild's Matt Cooke on Wednesday for seven games after he kneed Tyson Barrie during Game 3 of the Avalanche-Wild playoff series.

Cooke, who will now serve his sixth NHL suspension, wasn't seen around the team's locker room in St. Paul. But he wasn't forgotten.

"What he's done to guys' careers speaks for itself. It's disgusting, what he's done in the past," the Colorado Avalanche's Eric Johnson said of Cooke. "He might have cleaned up his game lately, but to lead with a knee like that against a guy like Tyson, or whoever, it was sickening to see. The league is going to respond appropriately, but (Cooke) should be out a long time — if for no other reason because Tyson is going to be out the foreseeable future."

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