Was this hit by Wild's Matt Cooke dirty? [VIDEO]

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Wild forward Matt Cooke has earned a reputation as a dirty player. (Check out our post about his five nastiest hits here.) But when he signed with the Minnesota Wild last summer, the 35-year-old Cooke said he had turned a new leaf. We profiled the "new Cooke" in an October feature story.

Cooke managed to keep his nose clean most of this season, but last night, he embroiled himself in controversy once again with a very questionable hit on star Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.

See also:
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Here's the video:



Cooke received a minor kneeing penalty, while Colorado will likely be out a key player the rest of the season -- Barrie will be sidelined at least a month with a ligament injury.

Cooke didn't comment after the game and Colorado players and coaches mostly held their tongues as well, but the NHL has already indicated Cooke will be disciplined for the play, as league officials have scheduled an in-person disciplinary hearing with him. That means Cooke's suspension can exceed five games even though he isn't considered a repeat offender since his last suspension occurred more than 18 months ago.

Deadspin, for what it's worth, has already passed judgment on the play, writing, "Cooke stuck out a knee, looking to salvage his hit, and Barrie's knee was wrecked. Cooke, who has spent three years on the right side of the line, crossed it."

Cooke controversy aside, the Wild went on to win last night's game 1-0 in overtime. Here's video of Mikael Grandlund's impressive game-winning goal:



The Wild now trail Colorado 2-1 in the best of seven series, with game four coming up Thursday at the Xcel Center. Unfortunately, they'll probably have to play it without Cooke.

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Thomas Micheal Bourassa
Thomas Micheal Bourassa

yes why the wild wasted their money and time with this piece of trash is beyond me..

Amanda Jenson
Amanda Jenson

Cooke was and always will be a dirty player no matter what team he plays for. Of course it was intentional.

Zack Hitz
Zack Hitz

It was dirty. First off, it's Matt Cooke. If you don't know the name, then you're not in a position to comment on his play. The guy is a disgrace to hockey - straight up. Hockey is violent, but it's also meant to be controlled and sustained. When you intentionally stick your knee out in a manner to collide with an opposing player's knee (oh - and causing an injury rendering the player useless for 4-6 weeks) then it's dirty and it's intentional. Cooke's target was moving.. so what does that mean? It means Cooke needs to abandon the thought of hitting the guy because he wasn't in his path - not stick his knee out just to make contact. Stupid play, stupid player.

Zack Hitz
Zack Hitz

No, it's not the whole point of hockey.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Wild are a dirty team to have a cheap shot goon like Matt Cooke.   Pretty disgusting to hear Wild fans sticking up for such a dirty play .   

CF_MN
CF_MN

If you look closely at the video he lifts his left leg off the ice to make contact. It's a dirty hit.


I was at the game and didn't think it was a bad hit until I saw the replay, then it was pretty clear.

Jeff Seim
Jeff Seim

It's hockey, I think there was some embellishment on Barrie's part. Go Wild!

Shawn Taylor
Shawn Taylor

I say it was unavoidable onde the avs player moved out of the way. He was committed to the hit and his target moved. You can't stop your momentum mid stride, especially on skates. Had the avs player not moved he would have been laid out.

Stephanie Carrot Miller
Stephanie Carrot Miller

he barley made contact! For a play off game that close worse things could have happened!

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Of course, it was dirty. Knee on knee is his trademark hit.

Betty Hindbjorgen
Betty Hindbjorgen

Come on it's hockey. Being a hockey mom I say......goooooo Wild! :)

sockatyume
sockatyume

It's Barrie's fault he should of just taken the hit instead of moving to the side trying to avoided the check which resulted in his knee getting clipped.

Daniel Wolter
Daniel Wolter

Isn't the whole point of hockey to have those kinds of violent outbursts? Otherwise it's just awkward figure skating.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

You should hear the whining here in Denver. They don't get playoff hockey here.

Joel Holden
Joel Holden

Hmmm, hard to say....oh wait...Matt Cooke? Yeah It was probably intentional.

Onan
Onan

Yes, a 4-6 week recovery for a medial collateral ligament sprain embellishment.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

It sucks there are hockey moms like you who make excuses and encourage thugs like Matt Cooke.  I doubt you'd be singing the same tune if your kid was the victim of a dirty knee to knee hit.  

doug223
doug223

I don't hear any whining here in Denver, but it could be because of the two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears...

Michele
Michele

@MicheleBachmann Agreed - the excuse this is hockey, is the same mentality people use for of things.  If you want to see violence go to a boxing match or go to MMA fight.  These soccer moms will soon complain about gang activity or drink driving... it's part of life, get used to it, is the counter argument.  In all cases, bad things are bad and need to be addressed. Cooke needs to be suspended for longer, and the Wild need to fine his ass for a lot more!

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