Ice hockey is a beautifully brutal sport but every now and then the dirtiest play is deemed unacceptable and NHL law clamps down hard.

That is exactly what Matt Cooke of the Minnesota Wild will face soon enough after his horrific challenge on Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche last night in the Wild's 1-0 win in the playoffs.

The win meant the Wild only trail the Avalanche 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs, but it looks like they will now have to go the rest of the way without Cooke.

As the video above shows you, the incident happened early in the second period of the playoff match-up, with Cooke deliberately and recklessly injuring Barrie.

It has been reported that he will face his own in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, and they will decide the severity of his punishment from there.

After the incident, Barrie left the ice and did not return to the game.

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