Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke returned to play after a seven game suspension due to a knee-on-knee hit against Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. And he came out swinging.
Cooke made his presence known twenty seconds into his first shift with a huge hit on Blackhawks’ Duncan Keith. After the game, he noted after the game how goodie felt to be back on the ice.
“I felt like I had a lot of jump,” he said. “Just to get in and get on the forecheck, create some energy and it turned into a scoring chance. Fonzie made a good shot. It’s fun to contribute and chip in. Just fun to be back out there again.”
Cooke praised his teammates for winning games and being successful thus far. But he was also ready to get back on the ice. After the suspension, Cooke wanted to bring excitement to the team and hoped that his “energy was contagious.”
And contagious it was, as the Wild won the Blackhawks 4-2.