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.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin
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