On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Minnesota forward Matt Cooke had been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie during Monday’s Game 3. It’s a stiff punishment and one that factors in Cooke’s history despite the fact that he’s technically not a repeat offender under the new CBA.
At the same time, Barrie suffered a MCL injury that will sideline him for up to six weeks and, as the league’s argument seems to suggest that Cooke was deliberate in his desire to strike Barrie with his knee.
Arvidsson received a five-minute major and a game misconduct, while Colaiacovo suffered a dented trachea on the play.
After the game, both Dan Bylsma and Peter Laviolette agreed that there was no malicious intent on Arvidsson’s part.
“I don’t think there was intent there to maliciously cross-check,” Bylsma said. “They kind of lose the puck, turn and his stick is right at that level and delivers a blow. When you look at it, it’s a pretty stiff cross-check to Carlo’s neck.”
“It was tough for Arvidsson,” said Laviolette. “I don’t think he had any bad intentions. He just ran into somebody and the stick got caught a little bit high, but just a tough turn of events.”
The Sabres defenseman left the game and was treated at a nearby hospital, but there is some good news to report.
According to the Buffalo News, Colaiacovo was released from hospital and he was able to travel to Detroit with his teammates.
It’s unclear how long he’ll be out.
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