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Suspended Matt Cooke apologizes for kneeing Avs' Tyson Barrie

By: Associated Press
April 24, 2014 Updated: April 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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photo - Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, and Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) talk before a face-off during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, and Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) talk before a face-off during the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche in St. Paul, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Cooke drew a seven-game suspension from the NHL for the hit that knocked Barrie out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Cooke addressed reporters Thursday after taking part in the Wild's pre-game skate prior to Game 4. He did not take questions, standing behind a podium, staring somberly straight ahead and speaking deliberately for about 90 seconds.

Cooke said he did not intend to injure Barrie, a collision on the open ice Cooke said was a case of him playing his physical style and focused only on finishing his check.

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