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Updated: April 23rd, 2014 8:07pm
NHL suspends Matt Cooke 7 games for knee-to-knee hit

NHL suspends Matt Cooke 7 games for knee-to-knee hit

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Wild will be without forward Matt Cooke for 7 games, as the NHL announced Wednesday the suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. 

Here's what the NHL said in a release:

NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie during Game Three of the teams' First Round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in St. Paul on Monday, April 21, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

If the term of the suspension is not fully served during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games will be served at the beginning of the 2014-15 regular season.

The incident occurred at 2:02 of the second period. Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing.

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Here's the video of the collision, complete with an explanation from the NHL Department of Player Safety:

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Cooke was not considered a repeat offender under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, according to the video, but the Department noted that he's been fined or suspended nine times.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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