Wild: Matt Cooke prepares for Game 4 return

Wild: Matt Cooke prepares for Game 4 return
May 7, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Minnesota forward Matt Cooke wasn't a fan of sitting and watching the Wild's last seven games. 

"The last couple of weeks, I think I earned myself an ulcer watching games," he told reporters in Minnesota. "Obviously the team's played great, but it's tough to sit and watch."

Cooke completed a seven-game suspension that was dealt for kneeing Colorado's Tyson Barrie in Game 3 of their opening-round series against the Colorado Avalanche. 

Cooke said he's since reached out to Barrie and is now looking forward to moving past the suspension and helping his team win.

"I'm excited to be able to get out with them and support them and support our team in winning hockey games in the future," he said. "I've skated almost every day, again today I put myself on the ice, just to make sure I'm ready."

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The suspension marked Cooke's sixth of his NHL career — his last one being a 17-game suspension back in March of 2011. 

Cooke's since tried to reform his game, and on Wednesday he said he'll play the remainder of the series against the Chicago Blackhawks with that changed approach.

"I've got to go back to the work I put in to this point, video-wise, game-wise, mentally-wise, to put myself in a position for success," he said. "Although this one situation happened, I still believe and know that I'm in a good spot as far as the way I approach the game to go out and play a physical style without being riskful.

"I'm a firm believer in the work that I've put in to change the style, to change my approach to the game, to allow me to go out and have success."