Was what Wild defenseman Matt Cooke did intentional? Would the National Hockey League take action to penalize him?
Those two questions seemed almost too obvious to answer for the Avalanche.
"I mean, it's a direct knee on knee hit. It's… I don't want to say anything," defenseman Erik Johnson said – holding off from a miscalculated and emotional response.
Early in the second period, Barrie made a pass up the boards and tried to avoid contact from the attacking Cooke. He was unable to sidestep the collision and the young Avalanche defenseman went down hard, grabbing his knee. Barrie was unable to put weight on it and immediately went to the dressing room.
Head coach Patrick Roy said it was a medial collateral ligament injury and would be out more than a month.
"I think it was the play of the game," he said. Cooke was given a 2-minute minor for kneeing and Roy thought the planned hit should have been a major penalty and game misconduct. Minnesota would go on to win in overtime and move the series to 2-1.
"There's key moments in those games and now we believe that the league will make the right call."
Within an hour after the game, the Wild forward was offered an in-person hearing with the league's safety board which could mean a suspension of more than five games.