Apr 10, 2014; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) in the second period against the St. Louis Blues at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild win 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Playoffs 2014: Matt Cooke suspended seven games for hit on Tyson Barrie

One of the storylines that NHL fans have been watching closely since Monday is what will happen to Minnesota Wild winger Matt Cooke after he doled out a knee-on-knee hit that tore Tyson Barrie’s MCL and finished his postseason. While Cooke wasn’t given a game misconduct for the hit, rather just a two minute minor, he has been suspended for the next seven games by the NHL.


The Wild are losing a lot of their swagger with Cooke being gone as they could have used his toughness in what will no doubt be a physical Game 4 on Thursday night. But even if the Wild win that game and end up beating the Avalanche in six or seven games, Cooke’s suspension will carry over to the next series.

If the Wild are eliminated by Colorado, the suspension will carry over into next season and Cooke will be gone for how many ever games are left on the suspension.

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