Colorado Avalanche centre Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche’s center, leaves Game 3 after sustaining an injury in the first period.

Colorado Avalanche Center Nazem Kadri After being hit from behind, the Western Conference Final game 3 ended with an injury. Edmonton Oilers Forward Evander Kane Saturday night

Kane received a five minute major for boarding just one-fourth of an hour into Game 3. This was the Oilers' first home series. Kadri tried to control the puck in Oilers' zone. Kane crossed his stick over Kadri’s jersey numbers, and shoved him into a board.

Video review confirmed that there was a five minute major penalty for boarding. Kadri left the ice at the end of the first shift and did not return during the second period. According to the Avalanche, he was still being assessed after the hit and was unsure if he would be allowed to return. The Oilers canceled the major penalty.

Kadri's departure was devastating. The center is tied for fourth with the Avalanche's high-powered Avalanche, with 14 points from 12 games. Six goals are included in that total.

J.T. Compher Moved up to center line Mikko Rantanen And Artturi Lehkonen.

Kane could have received a match penalty under NHL rules if he had attempted or deliberated to injure someone on the play. Or he could have received a game misconduct penal if the foul caused an injury to the head or face of an opponent. Kane's actions were not considered to be above either standard by the officials.

This could lead to a heightened level of discipline by the NHL Department of Player Safety. Kane's previous infraction was a $5,000 penalty for kneeling Sean Durzi Los Angeles Kings. His suspension was the last in February 2020. He received three games for elbowing Winnipeg Jets defenseman Neil Pionk.

Kane's suspension of 21 games last September due to violating the NHL/NHLPA CoVID-19 protocol will not be considered in any on-ice incident suspension.

Colorado was leading 2-0 going into Game 3, and was now 10-2.

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