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NHL suspends Cooke 7 games for hit on Avs’ Barrie

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Matt Cooke hits Tyson Barrie in the right of the photo. Courtesy: Altitude

Matt Cooke hits Tyson Barrie in the right of the photo. Courtesy: Altitude

TORONTO — The wait for the ruling about a suspension for Minnesota Wild hockey player Matt Cooke is over.

The NHL suspended Cooke for seven games for taking out Avs’ defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of their playoff series in Minnesota Tuesday night.

The knee-on-knee hit put the Colorado star out of action for 4-6 weeks with an MCL injury.

Cooke has a history of suspensions in the NHL.

The suspension will not have a financial impact on Cooke unless it carries over into the regular season next year.

Game 4 between the Avs and Wild takes place in St. Paul Thursday night. Colorado leads the round 1 series 2-1.