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Avs’ Nazem Kadri out for series; Evander Kane to have hearing

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The Colorado Avalanche are already missing their primary goaltender due to injury, and they lost another key member in Game 3 against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.

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Nazem Kadri was injured in the first period of the Western Conference Final after Edmonton's Evander Kane cross-checked him from behind. According to head coach Jared Bednar, he will not return to the series.

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"In hockey, the hit is the most deadly play," Bednar remarked. "It throws him in from behind, 8 feet off the boards, headfirst." "I'm going to leave it at that."

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Kane will face the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding on Sunday.

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Kane was given a five-minute major for boarding but was not thrown out.

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"On the backcheck, I was just coming around." The puck sailed wide and dribbled into the corner. "I know he likes to do things backwards," Kane explained. 

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"All I wanted to do was give him a bump." That was the extent of my efforts. Unfortunately, he stumbled against the boards and injured his hands. That, however, was unlucky."

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"You're trained not to do it from a young age." "Especially that close to the boards," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog remarked. "It's a risky game." I'm confident [the NHL] will look into it."

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In the first quarter, that wasn't the only questionable play. Nathan MacKinnon and Leon Draisaitl were also involved on this play.

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For the most of the postseason, Draisaitl has been injured. He left the game for a short time before returning.

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