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When Matt Cooke is involved in something controversial, it's going to get noticed.

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It seems like it's been a while since we said this, but Matt Cooke did something controversial on Monday night.

Just two minutes into the second period against the Colorado Avalanche, Cooke was penalized for kneeing Tyson Barrie and, well, it doesn't look good.


Cooke has been one of the NHL's biggest villains over the years for his often times reckless style of play and suspension-worthy plays. After his last suspension, a 17-game banishment for a hit on New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, Cooke vowed to change the way he played.

Given his history he's never going to get the benefit of the doubt, so when things like this happened, it's going to get talked about and noticed.

Barrie was injured on the play and immediately exited to the Avalanche locker room. Coach Patrick Roy said after the game that Barrie is going to miss 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury.

The Wild won the game, 1-0, thanks to Mikael Granlund's beautiful game-winning goal in overtime.

The NHL has already announced that Cooke has been offered an in-person hearing, which means that he could be facing a suspension of more than five games.

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