The Avalanche won't have to deal with Matt Cooke for the rest of the series.
After an in-person hearing with league officials Wednesday, the Wild forward will be suspended for seven games for his intentional knee to knee hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie in Game 3.
"The force of the impact, and the resulting injury to an opponent, merit supplemental discipline," the ruling stated. "These factors, combined with Cooke's history, warrant a more significant penalty than those recently handed down for kneeing."
Cooke was given a two-minute minor penalty for his cheap-shot on Barrie – who immediately left the game and was later diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament injury. Roy remains adamant that the Avs won't allow that play to affect his team.
"Right now I'm focusing on what we can do – the adjustments that have to be made and how we want to play – rather than revenge or rallying," Roy said. "The key for us is that we're focused on playing a solid game tomorrow."
This is Cooke's sixth time being suspended by the NHL. The Avalanche still lead the series 2-1 and Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday night.
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