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Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

Wednesday, 04.23.2014 / 9:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Wild left wing Matt Cooke gets 7-game suspension from NHL for kneeing Avalanche defenceman

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has been suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie.

Cooke was at the league office in New York on Wednesday for a hearing about the incident, and his punishment was announced about eight hours later.

The Avalanche lead 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday night, so Cooke will be out for the series and more. He played a key part in Game 3 for the Wild in quieting Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Cooke was given a minor penalty for clipping Barrie, who will need four to six weeks to recover from a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee.

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