Kadri out for series after boarding major by Kane
Colorado Avalanche star Nazem Kadri will miss the remainder of the Western Conference Final at minimum after he was boarded by Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane in the early stages of Game 3 on Saturday night, head coach Jared Bednar announced, according to The Athletic's Peter Baugh.
"The hit, it's the most dangerous play in hockey," Bednar said.
Kadri stayed down for several minutes before going to the dressing room under his own power. He didn't return for the remainder of the game.
The hit was called a five-minute major on the ice and upheld upon review. The referees opted not to eject Kane after discussing the play.
Kane said after the game that he wasn't trying to cause injury.
"I was just coming in on the backcheck. Puck went wide, kind of dribbled into the corner. I know he likes to reverse it. I was just trying to get up on him. That's really all I did. Unfortunately, he went into the boards awkwardly and hurt his hand," he said, per The Athletic's Mark Lazerus.
Both Kane and Kadri are having outstanding postseasons. Kane leads all players with 13 goals in 14 games, while Kadri has six goals and eight assists in 12 contests.
Edmonton was able to kill off Kane's major as goaltender Mike Smith made nine saves while down a player. Colorado ultimately won the contest 4-2 to grab a commanding 3-0 series lead.
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