ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.
Cooke drew a seven-game suspension from the NHL for the hit.
Barrie, who led Avalanche defensemen this season with 13 goals, will need four to six weeks to recover from a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
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.
Going into game 4, Colorado leads the series 2-1.