Gameday 42: Minnesota Wild at Pittsburgh Penguins

Minnesota Wild (18-18-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (25-10-6) 7:00 PM – ROOT Sports CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Being a fan of a really bad hockey team is a tough pill to swallow.  The dreary days of Penguin hockey immediately before Crosby and Malkin were a forgettable time, but going in knowing that guys like Dick Tarnstrom and Mike Eastwood were basically the...
Via The Pensblog
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke cross-checks Shea Weber in the face

Old Matt Cooke appeared on Saturday night when he cross-checked Shea Weber in the face after exchanging words with the defenseman. The two men went to cross-check each other, but Cooke’s stick elevated and caught Weber directly in the face. Ouch. Weber wasn’t too happy and instantly dropped the mitts. All Cooke could do was shy away from the barrage of punches. You really can’t...
Via Puck Drunk Love
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke cross-checks Shea Weber in the face

Old Matt Cooke appeared on Saturday night when he cross-checked Shea Weber in the face after exchanging words with the defenseman. The two men went to cross-check each other, but Cooke’s stick elevated and caught Weber directly in the face. Ouch. Weber wasn’t too happy and instantly dropped the mitts. All Cooke could do was shy away from the barrage of punches. You really can’t...
Via Bloguin Best
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild hit break with time to reflect following fourth straight loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Forward Matt Cooke referenced the words along the wall of the Minnesota Wild dressing room, pointing reporters' eyes to the four sayings: accountability, work ethic, commitment and character. Cooke stood in the dressing room, the last of Minnesota's players to speak with the media following Tuesday's 5-2 loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers. Cooke paused at...
Via Fox Sports North
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Frustration lingers for Wild following OT loss

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Behind the wooden, emblem-adorned doors of the Minnesota Wild locker room, a frustrated team had a meeting following Saturday's 6-5 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. For much longer than usual, the doors stayed closed instead of opening up to reporters following the game. More words were shared between a team that battled back from down two goals to force...
Via Fox Sports North
December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild activate Matt Cooke, Ryan Carter

The Minnesota Wild are nearly at full strength, and the timing couldn't be better. Minnesota announced Saturday it is activating forwards Matt Cooke and Ryan Carter from injured reserve. The Wild have lost three of their past four games and have three straight home games beginning with Saturday night's game against the Nashville Predators. Cooke has missed 22 games with a lower-body...
Via Fox Sports North
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs face several key games in 2014-15

Colorado Avalanche hockey is just around the corner as the puck drops to start the NHL season just a month from today. With training camp getting under way next week, let’s take a look at some of the must-see games on the Avalanche schedule for the 2014-15 season. Colorado Avalanche @ Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2014 The Avalanche’s season opener will be an opportunity...
Via Mile High Sports
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins want to blow things up

The word on the street is that the Penguins want to completely dismantle their team if they are unable to get past the Rangers in this series. Now, I can understand how a team might be apoplectic should they get knocked off by, well, any team from New York, but the Penguins should feel especially disappointed in their recent history. Let’s review this woeful organization. - Haven’t...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
May 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Saturday: Minnesota not feeling overconfident heading into Game 5

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There's a trap lurking inside the Madhouse on Madison. The Wild knows it's there. It stumbled into a similar one two weeks ago. Riding the high of two convincing home wins that evened the Stanley Cup playoffs' Western Conference quarterfinal round at two games apiece, the West's top wild-card seed came out flat and never recovered in a Game 5 overtime loss April...
Via Fox Sports North
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Putting it all into perspective

#485692235 / gettyimages.comGood morning… I was looking at my favorite new statistics site [] and perusing the Minnesota Wild’s playoff stats. I am sure that like many of your, I was surprised to find out that the much maligned Wild forward Dany Heatley has scored (1g-5a—6pts) and is a +7 in nine playoff games. Seriously, a (+7). That’s not a misprint...
Via Goon's World
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild’s speed more than the Blackhawks can handle: Game 4 Review

With Matt Cooke back, the Wild frustrate the Blackhawks at the X. It didn’t take Cooke long to let the Blackhawks know he was back, 2:02 into the game he laid a huge hit on Duncan Keith to set the tone for the game. The crowd went ballistic and the Hawks frustration began. When you win […]
Via The Hockey Report
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild show character in knotting series with Blackhawks at 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Before Friday's morning skate, Wild coach Mike Yeo ran some video highlights for his players to chew on. These weren't inspirational clips of gritty hockey teams past. Nor were they meant to harp upon mistakes that need correcting, like so many other film sessions this season. Instead, they featured this year's NHL playoff darling, the one that won't go away whether...
Via Fox Sports North
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooke’s return helps provide a spark in the Wild’s 4-2 win over Chicago as they even the series at 2 games apiece

Mikko Koivu protects the puck while being chased by Chicago’s Patrick Sharp. Hopefully fans across the State of Hockey can move on from the disappointment that was not selecting ‘Johnny Football’ Manziel at this year’s NFL draft.  While Manziel’s NFL career has to begin and his success or failure will determine how Vikings fans cope with the decision to pass on him with...
Via State of Hockey News
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke’s Suspension Ends; Ready To Return For Blackhawks-Wild Game 4

We haven’t seen the last of Matt Cooke in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Minnesota Wild forward is expected to return to his team’s lineup for Game 4 of its second-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night after missing the last seven games due to suspension. The veteran winger was given the ban for a dangerous and dirty knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche...
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild forward Moulson expected to miss Game 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild are poised to get Matt Cooke back in the lineup for Friday's Game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Another Matt might be out. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said Matt Moulson, acquired at the trade deadline from the Buffalo Sabres, is likely to miss Game 4. Yeo revealed Moulson has been dealing with a lower-body injury. "I don't expect him to...
Via Fox Sports North
May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooke prepares to return for Wild in Game 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Cooke was all alone on the Xcel Energy Center ice Wednesday morning, running through conditioning drills prompted by the whistle of strength and conditioning coach Kirk Olson. Cooke won't be alone anymore. The gritty, checking forward is eligible to return for the Wild in Game 4 on Friday night in Minnesota after having served his seven-game suspension. "The...
Via Fox Sports North
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke to return Friday: ‘I earned myself an ulcer watching games’

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke served the final game of his seven-game suspension during the team’s 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday and will return for Game 4 on Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Cooke was suspended by the NHL in the first round for a knee-on-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. “The last couple of weeks, I think I earned myself...
Via Sports-Glory
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyson Barrie Out, Suspension Coming For Matt Cooke?

As if the 1-0 overtime loss suffered in Game 3 wasn’t tough enough on the Colorado Avalanche, they lost one of their bright young stars on defense for the foreseeable future. Early in the second period, Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was hit knee-on-knee by Minnesota Wild forward, and notorious troublemaker, Matt Cooke. As Barrie was starting up on the attack, Cooke went after...
Via Grandstand University
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Refs blew it in Colorado

#487023775 / gettyimages.comBack in the 1990's there was a popular and re-occurring comment that was made towards the on-ice officials at the old Ralph Engelstad Arena, "Get off your knees ref you're blowing the game." This couldn't be more accurate following last night's game between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche. By now, you have probably seen the goal that was offside...
Via Goon's World
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Reputation Reality: You are How You are Seen...Sorta (RW77)

Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi during a game against the Dallas Stars on December 29, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)There is a huge firestorm (to put it in a G-rated perspective) over recent acts (and past acts) concerning some current NHL players and how the growing priminence of social media is affecting people's perspectives.  Well, let's look at some facts:Reputation...
Via Goon's World
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post finally responds to Patrick Bordeleau's dirty leg check on Jared Spurgeon

Nice to see that the Denver Post "finally" decided to pick up this story. Our buddy Adrian Dater from the Denver Post is Johnny on the spot for this story. But, yeah, it looks a lot like the Cooke hit on Barrie, and let’s not be naive here: we all knew the Avs would maybe try something in retaliation for losing one of their best players to a dirty hit. As I said before and I’ll...
Via Goon's World
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Dater: Matt Cooke is a gutless puke

#485395217 / gettyimages.comHere’s a new drinking game, every time Adrian Dater of the Denver Post mentions Matt Cooke’s name, drink. Yep, Matt Cooke did a bad thing; he blew out an Av’s player’s knee with a dirty leg check. This is fact. This is not up for debate. But I find it funny that a beat writer for a National Hockey League team would make him the focus of every...
Via Goon's World
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild’s Matt Cooke makes unwritten statement addressing 7-game suspension

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke spoke publicly for the first time on Thursday afternoon regarding the 7-game suspension he was assessed for his knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie during Monday’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. His statement read as follows (via Star Tribune): “First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and […] The post Wild’s Matt Cooke...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke: Knee-To-Knee Hit On Tyson Barrie ‘Was Not My Intent’

Minnesota Wild winger Matt Cooke addressed the media Thursday for the first time since receiving a seven-game suspension for his knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. “First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche (Thursday night),” Cooke said. “I wish that he could. “It...
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Cooke: Injury to Avs' Barrie wasn't his 'intent'

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Cooke returned to practice for the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but the gritty forward won't be returning to the lineup anytime soon for Minnesota after being suspended seven games by the NHL. Cooke was back in Minnesota on Thursday morning after having an in-person hearing with the league in New York on Wednesday. Cooke was suspended seven games by the league...
Via Fox Sports North
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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