Matt Cooke was not the cause of reporter's facial wound [UPDATE]

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Matt Cooke found himself in a universally enviable position last week -- whacking a reporter in the face. Only it wasn't intentional. Seriously.

SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitator

Watch in the GIF below as the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello checks the Wild forward. Cooke's stick rockets into the left cheek of Fox Sports North reporter and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay, who normally has the best seat in the house, smashed between team benches.

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Surprise reunion of soldier and his wife at Wild game will make you cry happy tears [VIDEO]

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The Minnesota Wild helped make Jamie Jenn's birthday very special.

Jenn thought she was taking part in a run of the mill intermission contest last night when, out of nowhere, the scoreboard's video feed was interrupted by her husband, Crystal native Specialist Nick Jenn, who's currently on leave from his third tour of duty in Kuwait.

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Wild acquire philosopher-goalie Ilya Bryzgalov [VIDEOS]

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Bryzgalov: "The solar system is so huMANgous big."
Today, the surging Minnesota Wild acquired some goaltending insurance by acquiring 33-year-old Russian veteran Ilya Bryzgalov for a fourth-round pick.

SEE ALSO: Ricky Rubio gets Zen on Alexey Shved [VIDEO]

Bryzgalov will probably be slotted behind Darcy Kuemper on the goalie depth chart, but as evidenced by a 2011 HBO documentary, he immediately becomes the team's foremost philosopher.

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Zach Parise humbled to be named captain of Team USA

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The Wild's Zach Parise has been named leader of a small army known as the U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Team, which is expected later this month to invade the resort coastal city of Sochi, Russia.

Friday's announcement brings an end to speculation of the last few weeks about which American-born player would don the mighty letter "C."

"The majority of the guys wear a letter with their own team so there's going to be plenty of guys over there capable of doing it," Parise told Wild.com, "but I'm pretty humbled to be named the captain."

SEE ALSO: Zach Parise: New Minnesota Wild star's top 10 goals [VIDEOS]

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Zach Parise's Wild teammates humiliate him with this GQ picture

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Hockey locker rooms are a fortress of ball-breaking, where half-naked and sweaty muscle men pit testosterone against wit.

So it should come as no surprise that Zach Parise's Wild teammates got a hold of this glam shot and used it to make a point. Parise returns tonight after missing 14 games, and nothing says welcome back like good ol' fashion humiliation.


The Wild's star player is also fresh off a calendar shoot for the team. Our Page 6 sources tells us, sadly, that he's fitted in traditional team garb.

SEE ALSO: Wild-Blackhawks referee photo is the stuff of memes


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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom gives up embarrassing goal on fanned shot [VIDEO]

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Last night, Backstrom gave up the sort of goal you'd expect to see during pickup games on Lake of the Isles.
With Josh Harding out for a few games for multiple sclerosis treatment, Niklas Backstrom has been holding down the net-minding duties for the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Wild defenseman Clayton Stoner photographed holding severed grizzly bear head [PHOTOS]

Suffice it to say the results haven't been pretty. Backstrom gave up five goals to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and then four more to the New York Rangers last night. Minnesota lost both games and after a hot start, and the Wild are now uncomfortably perched on the precipice of the Western Conference playoff picture.

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This super cute photo of a Wild player waving to a little kid is ridiculously viral

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It didn't seem like much -- just 6' 3", 221 lbs. Wild Forward Charlie Coyle acknowledging a young fan who had tapped the glass to get his attention.

But the boy's reaction was incredibly adorable, and yesterday the moment went viral -- appearing on the front page of Reddit as well as NHL.com.

Now the Wild is trying to identify the kid so he can meet his hero in person.
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Star Tribune headline about Koivu brothers is regrettably salacious

We know they didn't mean it like that, but still... check out the unfortunate headline the Strib used in today's paper for an article about Wild player Mikko Koivu and his brother Saku, both of whom are candidates to be captains of the Finland national team during the upcoming Olympics.

SEE ALSO: Sid Hartman's headline about Vikings' playoff chances is totally insane

The headline was changed to something a little less suggestive for the online version of the piece:

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P.K. Subban tosses Matt Cooke's stick across the ice [GIF]

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The Minnesota Wild's new agitator
Matt Cooke found himself at the center of another questionable hit on Tuesday.

In a game against the Montreal Canadiens, the Minnesota Wild leftwinger -- who's vowed publicly to reform his game -- flew into defenseman P.K. Subban, knocking a skate out from under him. Falling backwards, Subban grabbed Cooke's stick and tossed it like a weapon across the ice.

SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitator

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Matt Cooke takes on new role: evangelist

Categories: Hockey, Wild
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The Minnesota Wild's new agitator
The messages that Matt Cooke sends opposing players are rarely humane. But that's the position he found himself in after Monday night's game in Buffalo, approaching Patrick Kaleta and offering a shoulder of support. The Sabres forward was one day away from a suspension hearing with NHL disciplinarians.

"I've been there, it's not fun," Cooke told Kaleta, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. "If you want to get hold of me, I'm there to talk."

SEE ALSO: Matt Cooke: The soul of an agitator

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