Wild enter playoffs with more experience, different feeling than last year

Rewind to last April and the Minnesota Wild were left to win at Colorado on the season's final day to earn their first playoff appearance in five years. Minnesota's late qualifier earned it a matchup with the top-seed Chicago Blackhawks. Forward Jason Pominville, the Wild's big trade-deadline acquisition, was dealing with a concussion and unable to play anything but a...
Via Fox Sports North
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Unfazed by loss, Wild prepare for Avalanche

Bring on the Colorado Avalanche. The Minnesota Wild had just wrapped up its regular season when thoughts immediately turned to their first-round playoff opponent, Central Division-winning Colorado. Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo said the team was working out after Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Nashville Predators. "The thing is, coming into the playoffs, we've just got to...
Via Fox Sports North
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Does This Make Justin Johnson a Boston Folk hero? ☆

Spoiler: Not really, but that’s what was said about Evander Kane after he knocked the crap out of Matt Cooke right after the Savard incident, so we’ll roll with that narrative for funsies. This is David vs. Goliath. And David just whooped Goliath’s ass, sooooo yea. Let’s see that **** again. And again. And again. Anyways, what a blast by Justin Johnson on John “How the...
Via Days of Y'Orr
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Three Observations Heading Into Game 81 Between the Penguins and Flyers

By: Casey Johnston (@PensNationCasey) Sutter Stepping Up The 2013-14 season has not been a banner year for Brandon Sutter.  In his second season with the Penguins, Sutter has lost Tyler Kennedy and Matt Cooke, he’s playing against weaker competition for the first time since his rookie season with the Carolina Hurricanes, and he’s seen time on the fourth line.  He’s spent...
Via The PensNation
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild win 4-2 against the Blues

In a game straight out of Bizarro land, the Wild beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 tonight. It was the first win for the Wild in a match against the Blues in 10 games. Kyle Brodziak scored not one, but two goals. In the opponents net, and with an actual goalie in said net. An OLYMPIC goalie even. Matt Cooke pulled a penalty. John Curry was freaking fantastic (more on him later). The...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday afternoon Pontifications

I am surprised at after all of these years, four to be exact, this hit is still a topic discussion on message boards. This check in question happened on March 13, 2010. Yep, no doubt it, this was a bad,and dangerous hit, but Frattin is no Matt Cooke and he was given a one-game suspension for this hit. I laugh at the suggestions that he should be thrown out of hockey for life...
Via Goon's World
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Douglas Murray with Headshot of the Year on Michael Kostka

Everyone talks about Goal of the Year and Save of the Year. Nobody talks about Headshot of the Year. Until now… Holy smokes. Even Matt Cooke is like “Murray. Chill, bro.” If Murray gets zero games we really know the Bruins run the NHL. — Chris Boyle (@ChrisBoyle33) April 2, 2014 We’re setting the suspension line at 7 games, possibly more depending on Kostka’s injury...
Via Days of Y'Orr
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Penguins Update: Where Have You Gone Harry Z?

When Penguins GM Ray Shero acquired Harry Zolnierczyk from Anaheim last summer for minor-league defenseman Alex Grant, I thought it was a terrific move. Given the departures of Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy, I figured “Dirty Harry” could fill an energy role on the third or fourth line, with the potential to put up Kennedy-type numbers. And he has. At Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In...
Via PenguinPoop
22 days ago  |  Discuss

TPN RADIO: Is James Neal the New Matt Cooke?

Tune in at 10:00 tonight and subscribe to the show on iTunes. Twitter: @ThePensNation, @PensNation_Nick, @HockeyMeesh, @PensNation_Andy The Topics (Les Sujets) Is James Neal the new Matt Cooke? Did the Pens show enough this weekend against the St. Louis Blues to give you hope for the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Playoff Matchup Mondays. We take the current NHL Playoff matchups and give our input .
Via The PensNation
25 days ago  |  Discuss

The Hard Truth For Pens Fans: James Neal is a Dirty Player by @MadChad412

Hockey is a violent sport played at an extremely fast pace. Hitting and fighting are a part of the game welcomed by the fans and the players. But sometimes the players get carried away and go overboard. You can find numerous examples of this, from Matt Cooke and Shawn Thornton, to Chris Simon and Todd Bertuzzi. As a Pens' blogger and fan, I was getting tired of having to defend...
Via PensInitiative
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild analyst Mike Greenlay takes a high stick between the benches

When you think about it, it's kind of remarkable that "inside the glass" analysts don't get hurt more often. Sure, Pierre McGuire's been nicked once or twice, but that's it, which is surprising. They're stationed in between the benches with no glass in front of them, barely a partition between them and the players, oh, and there's a bunch of gigantic...
Via Awful Announcing
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota WIld Rinkside Reporter Gets Bloodied By Errant Stick To The Face

As a sideline/rinkside reporter in any sport, you have to be aware of the occupational hazards that might come your way. For Fox Sports North’s Mike Greenlay, one of those hazards last night included a stick to the face. During the first period of Thursday’s Rangers-Wild game in Minnesota, Greenie got sliced open when Mats Zuccarello and Matt Cooke got tangled up in a collision...
Via Next Impulse Sports
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Between The Benches Guy Is Recipient Of A Matt Cooke High Stick

Minnesota Wild between the benches analyst takes a high stick from Matt Cooke. Greenlay provides a selfie below... Continue reading "Video- Between The Benches Guy Is Recipient Of A Matt Cooke High Stick"
Via Kukla's Korner
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild TV analyst Mike Greenlay takes stick to the face

Minnesota Wild TV analyst Mike Greenlay got more than he bargained for between the glass on Thursday night. Wild forward Matt Cooke got hit and his stick followed through and hit Greenlay in the face. Greenlay was cut but would continue announcing, proving that announcers are tough too. .@PulledGoalie is all smiles even after taking a stick to the face on the bench. #WorkplaceInjury...
Via Diehardsport
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild extend wild-card playoff edge with fifth straight win

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The worry for the Minnesota Wild coming off the Olympic break was continuing the momentum that had seen Minnesota go from out of a playoff position to the wild-card leader in the Western Conference. The three-week break in February for the Olympics allowed many players to rest, others to recover from injuries. The biggest challenge was re-establishing the success...
Via Fox Sports North
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

The Case for Matt Cooke Intentionally Hurting Eric Karlsson by @PandaPSU

We found out this time last week that Eugene Melnyk, after some 10 months, is still on the hunt to prove that Matt Cooke purposely attacked Erik Karlsson with his skate. While it seemed pretty clear it was an accident to the other 99% of the population, Melnyk has remained vigilant and reported his findings to the NHL last Monday. While I was not granted access to the meeting, I...
Via PensInitiative
January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: The transformation of Matt Cooke

It seems as though every team in the NHL has at least one. The agitating forward that is a pest in every sense of the word. His job is less to put the puck in the back of the net and more to get under the skin of opposing players in an attempt to draw penalties. The Minnesota Wild is fortunate enough to have arguably the best one in the NHL. Matt Cooke hasn’t always been the player...
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild hold off Blackhawks for 2-1 victory

Jason Pominville and Matt Cooke scored first-period goals and Darcy Kuemper made 33 saves and the Minnesota Wild defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night. The Wild, who lost to Chicago in five games in the first round of the playoffs last season, have won three of four against the Blackhawks this season. Chicago lost in regulation for only the second time since Dec...
Via AP on Fox
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Travis Yost: Forensic Investigation Complete

Remember that rumored forensic investigation led by Ottawa's ownership contingent -- the one that was supposed to show that former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke intentionally injured Erik Karlsson in that now-infamous collision? Evidently, it's still a thing. So much so, Ottawa's owner has somehow managed to grab a meeting with a range of NHL executives, dragging...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke on the receiving end of a dangerous elbow

While the Canucks and Flames were stealing the show, as it were, it turns out that one Matt Cooke received a possibly suspension-worthy elbow in the face from Jamie Benn, as noted by the QMI News Agency's Anthony Vasquez-Peddie: Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn could be looking forward to some quality time in the press box after this nasty check to Minnesota Wild forward...
Via Kukla's Korner
January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Cooke Check on Nail Yakupov, Leads to Justin Fontaine goal

One of the positive things to come out of this season is the play of rookie forward Justin Fontaine. With the goal last night, Fontaine now has 12 goals on the season. That's third on the Minnesota Wild in goals. That three more than 7.5-Million dollar man Dany Heatley. Check out the beginning of this play, Matt Cooke blows up Nail Yakupov with beautiful, legal check. Apparently...
Via Goon's World
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

P.K. Subban Rips Stick Out of Matt Cooke’s Hands, Hurls It Across Ice After Taking Big Hit (GIF)

P.K. Subban took matters into his own hands on Tuesday night, and then he threw those matters across the ice. In a battle that features a couple of players who are no strangers to cheap shots, Minnesota’s Matt Cooke took down the Canadiens defenseman behind the net with an apparent slew-foot. Subban did not take kindly to the hit and his anger only increased when no penalty was...
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Hockey player with vicious assault using stick

We have seen a lot of dirty play in sports in our lifetime, but nothing close to being as criminal as what is in this video. Watch at about the 13 second part when he swings his stick at another…Read more →
Via The Victory Formation
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild getting good 'D' from third line

One reason Wild coach Mike Yeo scrapped his three-scoring-lines system after just two periods last week was the need for a checking line, he said. On a team rooted in defense, he believed it was important to return to a third line that concentrated on shutting down opponents' top lines. That, after all, was the reason Matt Cooke was brought in last spring and Devin Setoguchi...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Yes, Matt Cooke Is With the Wild Now

The former Cap that Caps fans loved to hate returned with a non-rival this time, the Wild.
Via Capitals Outsider
November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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