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Watch in the GIF below as the Rangers' Mats Zuccarello checks the Wild forward. Cooke's stick rockets into the left cheek of Fox Sports North reporter and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay, who normally has the best seat in the house, smashed between team benches.
Apparently Cooke uttered a couple words before skating back into play, the meaning of which was lost in the noise.
"I don't know whether he was apologizing toward me, or whether he was actually telling me to suck it up," Greenlay says.
The agitator has thrown his fair share of missiles. But it seems people are finally willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. There's been no word of a fine from the NHL.
Greenlay was also a good sport about it. With dried blood his shirt, he took to Twitter to send a selfie and share this email from his mother:
Thx for tweets!! Great W by Wild. Thx Don Fuller & Docs for stitching me up. Lastly, this email from my mom = Comedy pic.twitter.com/7HRC6m9Axl
The Wild got in touch this morning to say the black hockey stick that hit Greenlay in the face belonged to Zuccarello, not Cooke, as the announcers originally reported. Game footage taken from other angles bear this out.
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