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The NHL may suspend Minnesota Wild left winger Matt Cooke for his series-ending knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.
The league tweeted Wednesday morning that they have offered Cook an in-person hearing for the hit on Barrie. Cooke could be suspended for up to five games, according to CBSSportsline.com.
Unfortunately, the suspension won't bring back one of the Avalanche's best defenseman. Barrie will miss the rest of the first-round playoff series against Minnesota and more.
Avalanche Head Coach Patrick Roy said after the Wild's 1-0 overtime win on Monday that Barrie has a medial collateral ligament injury in his left knee and will need four to six weeks to recover. Barrie was hurt in the second period.
Roy said the play warranted more punishment than Cooke's two-minute minor penalty. The coach expressed confidence the NHL will discipline Cooke, who has a history of suspensions, for the hit. Roy called it the "play of the game," lamenting the loss of his team's best offensive defenseman.
Barrie had 13 goals and 25 assists in the regular season.
The Avalanche still hold a 2-1 series advantage against the Wild. Both teams will meet up in Game 4 on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.