Avs won't retaliate for Cooke hit on Barrie

Colorado feigned from browbeating Wild forward Matt Cooke after his all-too clear knee to knee hit on Tyson Barrie.

Their anger won't overcome them – and retaliation is not the proper way to handle it.

"Oh no, it's not the time to do that. The league will do their part, the referees will do their part on the ice," Roy asserted Tuesday. Even after a night's sleep the Avalanche coach felt that the hit was a key moment in the game and the consequences that should be handed down are obvious – but it was also out of his control.

"We are just going to go out there and play our game. I don't think we should focus on anything else," he continued.

It appeared that Cooke intentionally drove his knee at Barrie as he passed the puck up the boards early in the second period. The Avalanche's defenseman was unable to avoid the hit and fell down in severe pain, holding his knee. Barrie couldn't put any weight on the leg as he went to the bench.

It was later diagnosed that it was an medial collateral ligament injury and Barrie would miss more than a month in recovery.

Cooke was given a two-minute minor for kneeing at the time. Just hours after the game the NHL office requested an in-person hearing with the Wild forward – likely leading to a suspension of five or more games.

"Obviously, it's something you don't want to have happen. I think we all want to play good, physical, intense hockey… and at the same time neither side wants to see anybody get hurt," Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo conceded. He said he didn't see the collision in the moment but Yeo clearly reviewed the play overnight.

"I'm not going to be sitting here and saying we're in a great mood about any of it," he stated.

Cooke's history of dangerous hits is rather extensive as this would likely be his 7th suspension in his career. Yeo and the Wild understand his character questions and even after taking out Barrie they hesitated in criticizing Cooke.

As for the Avalanche, they won't let the injury or the blow affect them mentally. Winning will be retribution enough.


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