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Video: Matt Cooke injures Barrie with knee-on-knee hit

Apr 21, 2014, 8:46 PM EDT

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has likely put himself in the middle of another controversy.

Roughly two minutes into the second period of tonight’s first round game against the Avalanche, Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado’s Tyson Barrie. The 22-year-old defenseman immediately fell to the ice as a result before promptly leaving the game.

Cooke was assessed a two-minute minor that Minnesota successfully killed off, but the NHL might decide that the hit is worthy of supplemental discipline.

The Avalanche got a couple of other scares as defenseman Andre Benoit and forward Patrick Bordeleau each briefly left the game, but to the relief of Colorado, both players have returned.

The same can’t be said yet for Barrie.

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    He’s the Scott Stevens of knee shots

    • hojo20 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      or like an Ulf Samuelsson.

    • Jo Fergus - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Knee shots, headshots, even slicing achiles tendon shots…
      All cheap shots

      This guy just needs to be taken out-back and shot.
      Just to put him out of everyone else’s misery

  2. 19to77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Oh for f**k’s sake why the hell does the NHL continue to allow this guy to have a job? Guess we were overdue for the annual blatant Matt Cooke cheapshot.

  3. sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Looks like Cooke thought a couple years off from being the dirtiest player in the league was long enough.

    • 2qswing - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Maybe he was jealous of all the attention Seabrook, Lucic and others were getting and needed to get his name out there again.

  4. Jo Fergus - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Forget the Bettman WWF League…
    When is the Players Union going to fit this guy with cement shoes?

  5. bruinsfan1953 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    When Pittsburg see that hit they will say how much they miss him

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      You know people have a hard time with 70’s BRUINS FLYERS hockey but one thing I must say this guy would not have existed in those times

    • runhigh24 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      1. Its Pittsburgh. 2. Go spear someone else in the nuts. Boston isn’t devoid of cheap-shotters.

      • bigbadbruins77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

        Oh dear god u people are pathetic. Give it up, it was a tap on the heat of the moment and he appolgized. Seabrook takes off backes head and nobody talks about it half as much. A tap isn’t going to seriously hurt someone.

      • hammerhead5573 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        “Nobody talks about it half as much”. Wow we’re you on planet Earth in the last 2 days?

      • 19to77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Hey bigbad, mind letting Looch give you the same “tap” he gave DeKeyser and then giving your professional assessment? I’d like to hear what you think after actually taking a stick to the balls.

    • 6superbowls - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      I said it the other night, and I’ll say it again. Get off your high horses Boston fans. You’re just as dirty as any team in the league.

      Idiot.

  6. Idaslapter - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Wild deserve Cooke.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      As a Wild fan I am extremely puzzled by your comment but could literally care less…. That said, didn’t like the “check”, suspension coming. Dirty dirty

    • tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Why? Can you back that up with some context please?

      Wild has always been a hard working team who does things the right way. Can you name one player we’ve had who is consistently dirty?

      Terrible play by Cooke. Not only did he hurt an up and coming player, he hurt his team. That said, let’s not paint with a broad brush here.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        The comment you’re responding to comes from someone who’s choice of names comes out to “I’d have slapped her”

        Obviously a person with no class and one who is a waste of perfectly good oxygen.

        Simply ignore him like his parents do.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Oops, ‘whose’

  7. Windmiller4 - Apr 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Wow, I thought he’d finally turned over a new leaf, guess old habits die hard. Hopefully he’s out of the league sooner than later

  8. runhigh24 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I cant remember the last time the NHL suspended someone for a knee on knee incident but yikes that was blatant. I can imagine the NHL might be calling Mr. Cooke tomorrow.

  9. greej1938l - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    It’s a bad play but not the worst he’s done. He doesn’t appear to fully extend his knee with full intent.

  10. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Really goon!?! Barrie is an amazing young talent….how many careers are you going to try and end. I still want to get my hands on this guy ugh.

    • sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      As much as I hate Evander Kane, he DID knock Cooke out cold once:

  11. smangold4 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Absolutely BS. It’s a joke that kids probably look up to this guy as a role model. I really hope the NHL suspends that troll because that “hit” was blatant, injurious, and malicious.

  12. sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    The rest of the year off.

  13. ironyisadeadscene - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Colossal douche…..guess we can’t pin this on the Penguins anymore……or can we? muahahahaha

  14. sixchr - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    So much for his “rehab” or “3 years clean” or whatever other nonsense people have tried to call it. This guy has been blatantly injuring players for years, he doesn’t belong in the league.

  15. govtminion - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    How much longer will the league keep letting this happen with him? Seriously, when the same person is behind so many major injuries, at some point the league has to ask if it’s worth allowing him to remain vs. the health of the rest of the league.

  16. sjsharks66 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    I am terribly disappointed in Cooke right now.. I’m not going to say I “thought he changed his game” because HE DID. This is just nasty. The kid goes to move out of the way, the only problem is Cooke follows him with the knee.

    Jesus Christ Cooke… You make all of us who backed you up look like a-holes.
    Get well soon Barrie!

    • micklethepickle - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      That’s because you ARE an a-hole. Most non-PIT fans have always recognized that Cooke is more deserving of a lifetime ban than any other player in the 21st century, while you knob-slobbering Pens fans kept insisting that Cooke going ONE season without threatening anyone’s career made him deserving of a Nobel prize. You are pathetic.

  17. mellard1121 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    The pens nominated this guy for the masterson trophy hahaha that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard

  18. newgod99 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    2 min penalty? At what point do they start suspending the officials. Any of the 4 can call a major penalty.

  19. drewsylvania - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Cooke, Emelin, Neal….board all three out if the league.

  20. porkchopexpress1969 - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    This clown needs to be out of the league.

  21. 7mantel - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    That’s Mario’s boy !

  22. stakex - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    You know, sometimes a player will stick out their knee out of instinct. That’s not the case here though, as Cooke leads with the knee the whole way. If the NHL doesn’t take serious action on this hit, it would be a real shame.

  23. drewsylvania - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    The players who deliberately and repeatedly cause serious injuries hurt the game in so many ways that I don’t understand the weak suspensions for them.

  24. ash0war - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Wow cooke… Should of stayed InPittsburgh. Was a better player here…

  25. 950003cups - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Reminds me of the story of the frog and the scorpion.

  26. skr213 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    I challenge anyone to present a cogent argument as to why Matt Cooke should not be kicked out of the NHL at this point.

  27. nolockoutpricks - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    looked like a clean hit to me. maybe farrie should get his leg out of the way next time. did any of you even see the hit

  28. jaythehelmetguy - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    He’s been playing well this year and I’m usually quick to defend him, but that knee-to-knee was gutless and he should be out for the playoffs. I remember when did the same thing to Gonchar earlier this year and he didn’t get anything for it. He should be out for the playoffs and the Wild should do to him what the Sabres did to Kaletta–send him down until he cleans up his act–he would be and has been a really effective grinder for the team, and like I said he’s been playing cleaner hockey, but once in a while, about every month and a half, he has to go right back down to playing hockey like rabid junkyard dog and you can’t believe how angry that makes me. If he wants to play hockey like that he can go to a goon league like the LNAH and see what good it does him.

    • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      So because of the hit Barrie’s out for 4-6 weeks which could potentially mean the rest of the playoffs depending on how far the Avs go. After seeing that I’m ready for the Wild to cut him, we can find plenty of clean grinders in the offseason.

  29. konaehukai - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    What a garbage organization the Wild are. Cooke with the Knee on knee. Some other Goon used the slew foot. I also loved how the coach put out his goon for the last shift in the game prior.

    • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:13 PM

      If I remember correctly, that wasn’t a goon who threw the slew foot (our only goons are Rupp and Stoner, and I know Rupp wasn’t dressed and it wasn’t Stoner on that play.) I think it was Scandella, who’s a pretty clean player. They playoffs does things to people, research your stuff before calling us “goons” and “garbage.”

      • konaehukai - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:31 PM

        Right. And your garbage coach decides to send out the goon on the last shift in the previous game. Nothing happened because the ref gave themem 10 min misconducts once they stepped on the ice. It’s a culture that starts with the coach. He should be suspended just like Cooke will be.

      • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Can you at least name said ‘goons’ that you obviously know so much about? And why should Yeo be suspended? Cooke makes a gutless play and now we’re all screaming for Yeo’s head? Yeo isn’t a bad coach, albeit he does make several idiotic and questionable decisions but you calling for his suspension when he’s not even known to do that as a coach is ridiculous.

    • tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      How are the Wild a garbage organization? Do they have a history of dirty players/plays?

      Again, this is a terrible play, but it’s one play in the playoffs. That’s mighty thin to base an entire organizations history on this play.

      Are the Canucks a “garbage organization” because of what Bertuzzi did?

    • tved12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:00 AM

      Overreact much? Cooke’s hit was bad, but now the Wild coach is dirty?

      As fans we complain that the game is getting soft, then we have posts like this that criticize coaches for putting their hard hitting lines on the ice. Make up your mind!

      • kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

        There is a difference between hard hitters and dirty players. Backes is a hard hitter, Cooke is a dirty player. The coach should encourage hard but clean hitting, but he should not be blamed for the behavior on the ice of a player like Cooke. He has played dirty for every team he has played with since being in the NHL.

      • tved12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        I agree that Cooke has had a history of bad behavior and he will get what’s due from the league. I just have a hard time understanding how many fans are suddenly saying the Wild is a garbage organization, their coach is dirty, etc… off of one hit. With that logic, every team in the NHL is dirty, because every team has had at least one player make a horrible hit.

        Notice that the original commenter has yet to reply to any of my comments, he’s just upset that it happened to his team (which I would be as well) so he’s labeling the coach and the organization dirty.

  30. shortsxit34 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    The sickening part about this is that he isn’t a repeat offender since he’s gone (18?) months without an incident.

    • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      Yeah but let’s remember that knee he got away with on Gonchar back in march

  31. kastout11 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    This guy might be the dirtiest player I have ever seen, and I grew up watching the Broad Street Bullies in Philly. He needs to be banned from the league. I understand this is the NHL, and it is full of some of the toughest people you will ever come across, but come on. He has ended careers and now a knee-on-knee that will, without question, end Barrie’s season. There is no room in the league for players like Cooke. I did like the video of Kane knocking him out cold. I have hated Cooke for years, and he did have a year or 2 without any incidents, but once dirty, always dirty. He needs to be suspended for at least 10 games. I think we could consider him a repeat offender.

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