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Seems Matt Cooke just can't change his dirty ways

Wild forward Matt Cooke (left) collides with Avalanche defenceman Nick Holden during Game 3 on...

Wild forward Matt Cooke (left) collides with Avalanche defenceman Nick Holden during Game 3 on Monday. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

ST. PAUL, MINN. - Matt Cooke spoke about changing his ways and restoring his reputation, and even went three seasons without intentionally injuring anybody — although you’ll still get an argument from Ottawa on that.

Now this.

Another cheap shot, another fallen opponent, another suspension and another chorus from the Cooke haters saying they told us so, that he’s a leopard who’ll never change his spots.

A dirty, dangerous, career-ending, concussion-doling leopard who sticks his knee out on unsuspecting gazelles.

Hard to argue, with 22-year-old Colorado defenceman Tyson Barrie done for the playoffs with a sprained MCL after falling victim to a Matt Cooke Special early in the second period of Game 3 on Monday.

Cooke has an in-person hearing with the NHL, meaning he’ll get five or more games for the knee-on-knee hit. Avs coach Patrick Roy is hoping the NHL throws a heavy book at the multiple offender.


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