Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is having an in-person hearing in New York for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenceman Tyson Barrie. The incident occurred in the second period of the Wild's 1-0 Game 3 victory over the Avalanche.
Cooke was assessed a two-minute minor for kneeing on the play.
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. Roy said he expressed confidence the league will discipline Cooke, who has a long history of suspensions, for the hit.
The offer of an in-person hearing means the NHL holds the right to suspend Cooke for five games or more.
Roy called it the "play of the game," lamenting the loss of his team's best offensive defenceman. The coach said he thought the play warranted more punishment than Cooke's two-minute minor penalty.
"I think it would've broke their momentum. There's a key moment in those games. And now we believe that the league will make the right call," Roy said.
Barrie had 13 goals and 25 assists in the regular season.
Matt Cooke's Suspension History:
Feb. 19, 2004: 2 games - Spearing (Matt Johnson
Jan. 20, 2009: 2 games - Ilegal check to head (Scott Walker
Nov. 28, 2009: 2 games - Ilegal check to head (Artem Anisimov
Feb. 8, 2011: 4 games - Hit from behind (Fedor Tyutin
March 20, 2011: 17 games - 10 regular season and first round of playoffs-Elbow to the head (Ryan McDonagh
, NYR)With files from the Canadian Press