The Colorado Avalanche lost Game 3 against the Minnesota Wild in overtime, but the biggest blow might have not have come courtesy of Mikael Granlund’s game-winning goal.
Wild forward Matt Cooke got 22-year-old Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit in the second period that took the Avalanche defenseman out of the game. If you missed the incident, you can see it below:
Barrie suffered a MCL injury on the play and will consequently miss the next 4-6 weeks, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. In other words, the Avalanche would need to go very deep into the playoffs for Barrie to even have a shot to return.
His injury will likely be considered when the league decides whether or not to suspend Cooke and, if they do, for how long. Cooke has a lengthy suspension history, but he has managed to avoid that level of punishment in recent years.
Guys, Cooke not being a repeat offender under the CBA only really has an impact on his forfeited salary. He still has a disciplinary history
— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) April 22, 2014