Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke collected an assist in Minnesota's 2-1 overtime loss to Chicago in Game 6 on Tuesday night.

He also posted three hits and earned two minutes in the sin bin for a boarding play on Johnny Oduya. Cooke was also a step or two behind Patrick Kane, who ended up scoring the game winner on a strange bounce in overtime.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke, who returned from a seven-game suspension Friday, played very well against the Blackhawks.

In fact, an argument can be made that he was one of the better Minnesota players in the 4-2 win. Cooke was all over the ice registering five hits, blocking thee shots and separating the Hawks from the puck time and time again. He also registered an assist as he stole the puck from Michal Roszival that led to Justin Fontaine's first-period goal. Overall, a very strong game for Cooke.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke is looking forward to returning from his seven-game suspension on Friday.

Cooke is projected to play alongside Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine. "I've been ready to go since I haven't been able to play, so the time is finally here and I just want to go out and battle with my teammates," Cooke said. "I've got a lot of praise for the guys in this room. They've done a great job, battling with adversity, up in games, down in games, tough travel. They've done a great job and I'm just thankful that I get a chance to go out and play with them again." Not surprisingly, Cooke plans to maintain his physical game despite the suspension.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke is slated to play with Erik Haula and Justin Fontaine in his return to the lineup in Game 4 Friday night.

"We'll have a talk with him to make sure that his head's in the right place as far as how he has to play the game, and he's going to add, definitely, some speed," coach Mike Yeo said. "He's going to add some physicality." Cooke had one assist and 18 hits prior to receiving a seven-game suspension in Round 1 against Colorado.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke has completed his seven-game suspension.

Cooke was punished for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie in the first round. The Wild advanced, but are down 2-1 in their second round series against Chicago. "I'm thankful for the success of my teammates," Cooke said. "I await the opportunity to get back out there with them."

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke will serve the final match of his seven-game suspension Tuesday night.

He will be eligible to return to the fold on Friday night when the Wild host Chicago. Cooke hasn't played since Apr. 21 because of a suspension for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie in Round 1.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Since Minnesota advanced into the second round of the playoffs, Matt Cooke's suspension won't carry over into the regular season next year.

He will be eligible to return in Game 4 against the Chicago Blackhawks, which is scheduled for May 9. Cooke was suspended for seven contests for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke spoke to the media Thursday about his seven-game ban for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie.

He said he was "disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight" and that is was "not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee." Cooke also mentioned that he's been a changed player since March 20, 2011. He didn't say if he'll appeal the suspension, but he has until Friday night to decide.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke was assessed a seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie on Monday night in Game 3.

He has the right to appeal the suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman within 48 hours and if that ruling is upheld then he can appeal to a neutral arbitrator within seven days. Depending on what happens during that process, it could take too long for him to be able to return before the end of the first round. If Minnesota doesn't advance into Round 2 then Cooke's suspension will carry over into the 2014-15 regular season.

Matt Cooke LW MIN 5 Months

Matt Cooke's hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday.

The NHL offered Cooke an in-person hearing, which allows them to suspend him for five games or more. Cooke delivered a knee-on-knee hit to Colorado's Tyson Barrie, who will consequently miss four-to-six weeks with an MCL injury.