EDMONTON — ForwardOne game was suspended for boarding Center On Saturday, Game 3 will be held in the Western Conference Final.
TheLeft wing will not be able to play in Game 4 of the series. The Avalanche have a 3-0 series advantage and can sweep the series and win a berth for the Stanley Cup Final.
Kane was given a five minute major for the penalty in Game 3. However, he was not given a game misconduct. Kadri departed after the hit, and he has decided not to return. Kadri broke his right thumb during the hit, and Colorado coach Jared Bednar stated that Kadri would miss the rest of the series against Edmonton.
On Sunday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety heard Kane and issued their decision of a one game ban. In their final ruling, the league considered Kane's past history of three suspensions and two fines.
The NHL clarified its decision by saying that “This is not a situation in which Kadri places himself in a vulnerable place immediately before the hit in an order that turns a legal-check into an illegal one.” While we recognize that Kadri is positioning himself in front Kane in order to protect the puck, this does not change the nature Kane's hit in any way that he can control. We are not opposed to Kane's claim that Kadri loses control as he approaches the boards. However, this is an unavoidable consequence of the shove. The shove is delivered at an unsafe distance from the boards by Kane while Kadri and his teammates are travelling at speed, causing injury.
Kane spoke out with the media to discuss Saturday's Edmonton loss, which was 4-2. He also shared his thoughts about the play.
“I was going in for a back check. Kane stated that he liked to reverse hit. “I was just trying get up on him. That's all that I did. Unfortunately, he fell into the boards unintentionally and broke his hand. It was a terrible mistake.
Although Bednar did not provide any further information on Kadri's condition after Sunday's practice, he said that the team would be able to find out more in the coming days. Bednar only allowed that, when asked about his thoughts regarding Saturday's win.[Kane] puts [Kadri] In headfirst, eight feet from boards. Let's just leave it at that. On Sunday, Bednar added to the skepticism by claiming it was a dangerous hit and that he didn’t like it.
Now Bednar believes that Colorado will fill Kadri’s large void by committee. Kadri, who has scored six goals and 14 points in 13 postseason matches to date, has been a key player in this series as part of the Avalanche’s productive second line.Arturri and Arturri Lökonen
The Oilers will continue to fight against elimination without Kane. The Western Conference Final was the team's top-line winger, who scored the first goal. He now has 13 goals (including two hat tricks) in 15 postseason matches.