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Top Shelf: Cooke in hot water once again

For a few years, we've been hearing how Matt Cooke has reformed his ways and become the NHL's version of a model citizen.

NHL: New Jersey 4, Minnesota 3

Andy Greene's goal two minutes into overtime lifted the New Jersey Devils to a much-needed 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota Wild makes push to get back on track in home test vs. Oilers

The Minnesota Wild try to avoid a third straight loss and continue their recent domination of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday night when the clubs square off at Xcel Energy Center.

NHL: Calgary 4, Minnesota 3 (OT)

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Mikael Backlund's second goal of the game came 2:25 into overtime Saturday and the Calgary Flames salvaged a 4-3 victory over Minnesota.

NHL: Colorado 5, Minnesota 4

DENVER, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Nathan MacKinnon scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal with 2:25 to play Thursday and Colorado held on for a hectic 5-4 win over Minnesota.

NHL: San Jose 3, Minnesota 2 (OT)

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Joe Thornton scored off a turnover 3:30 into overtime Saturday, elevating the streaking San Jose Sharks over Minnesota 3-2.

NHL: Minnesota 2, Chicago 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Darcy Kuemper came within 32 seconds of a shutout Thursday and made 33 saves in bringing Minnesota a 2-1 victory over Chicago.

NHL: Minnesota 4, Nashville 0

NASHVILLE, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Darcy Kuemper logged his first career shutout with 23 saves Sunday, backstopping the Minnesota Wild to a 4-0 whitewash of Nashville.

NHL: Minnesota 4, Chicago 3

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Defenseman Marco Scandella scored his first goal of the season with 1:48 left in regulation Thursday to give Minnesota a 4-3 win over Chicago.

NHL: Colorado 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)

DENVER, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Semyon Varlamov made 35 saves and added three more in a shootout Saturday, helping the Colorado Avalanche escape with a 3-2 win over Minnesota.

NHL: Minnesota 5, Dallas 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Justin Fontaine and Matt Dumba each scored their first career NHL goal Saturday and the Minnesota Wild cruised past Dallas 5-1.

NHL: Minnesota 2, Winnipeg 1

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Josh Harding allowed only a power-play goal in the final minute of the second period Thursday, lifting Minnesota to a 2-1 decision over Winnipeg.

NHL: Los Angeles 3, Minnesota 2 (SO)

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Goals by Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter in the shootout Thursday brought Los Angeles a season-opening 3-2 decision over Minnesota.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Pittsburgh 2

NEWARK, N.J., April 26 (UPI) -- Ilya Kovalchuk produced the go-ahead goal with 6:10 left in the third period Thursday, giving the New Jersey Devils a 3-2 triumph over Pittsburgh.

NHL: Pittsburgh 2, New York Islanders 0

PITTSBURGH, March 30 (UPI) -- Tomas Vokoun logged a second straight shutout Saturday and Pittsburgh completed an NHL-record undefeated March with a 2-0 win over the New York Islanders.
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Vancouver Canucks Matt Cooke celebrates a goal against Anaheim Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere during the second period at Vancouver's GM Place, November 27, 2007. (UPI Photo/Heinz Ruckemann)
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Matthew David Cooke (born September 7, 1978) is a professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. His playing style has earned him a reputation of being a "pest" and he is therefore known for his ability to aggravate opponents. Cooke won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh during the 2008–09 NHL season. Although he is no longer a member of the Vancouver Canucks' organization, he still active in the Vancouver community with his wife as they run The Cooke Family Foundation of Hope.

Cooke played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League for three seasons predominantly with the Windsor Spitfires prior to playing professionally. Recording an impressive 95-point (10th overall in the league), 146-penalty-minute campaign in his second OHL season, he was drafted 144th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. Returning to the OHL for a third season after being drafted, he was traded from Windsor to Kingston on December 17, 1997, in exchange for Brent L'Heureux. Cooke would finish the season and his OHL career with Kingston.

Splitting the 1998–99 and 1999–2000 seasons between the Canucks and their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, Cooke would play for the Canucks full-time in 2000-01.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Matt Cooke."
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