Avalanche inch near the Stanley Cup Final but lost to Nazem Kadri this time around

EDMONTON – Avalanche coach Jared Bednar called it the most dangerous race in hockey.

Nazem Kadri was sliding straight across the boards Saturday night, having just hit the ball behind the net, when Oilers player Evander Kane raised his staff and placed it behind Kadri. Kadri flew away, his left arm hitting the planks hard. The venue sat on ice for a minute, and officials tried Kane a five-minute penalty.

“I think it is important for the league to address the issue of Nazem and to stop it,” Kadri Darren Ferris said in a statement. The Athletic. “If he does not deal with a serious and dangerous problem, it is a shame.”

After the game, a 4-2 win over Avalanche that gave them a 3-0 lead in the top seven in the league, Bednar said Kadri will miss the rest of the Western Conference. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. If he could not return, Kane’s hit would be the last of his Avalanche career. They have been unlimited this summer and, after a very good season, will attract a lot of interest from the teams around the league.

“These are (beatings) that allow you to cool down, and you are taught from an early age not to do this, especially away from the boards,” said Avalanche chief Gabriel Landeskog. “I do not know what to say. I hope (the league) will see this. “

Bednar states: “They put him on his head from the back, 8 feet from the planks. I ‘ll quit it.’ Kadri was has appeared he leaves the arena as he throws to his right.

Kane, meanwhile, determined that he was just trying to do a good job on the back.

“Puck went sideways, as if he had fallen into a corner,” he said. “I know he likes to change. I was just trying to blame him, that’s all I did. Unfortunately, he got on board with difficulty.”

Kadri’s absence will leave Colorado’s biggest void, and it will result in a strong victory over Avalanche from Stanley’s Final Cup. The site is based on the 87th regular season, and has over 100 points if you add a postseason. He established the second line with Mikko Rantanen and Artturi Lehkonen, a team that was playing in the elite team and scored three goals in 3 games.

Avalanche knows how difficult a game can be without Kadri. Last season, his suspension for the postseason severely damaged the team, especially in the second round against Vegas. It forced the leaders to unprepared positions, and Colorado’s deep suffering was the reason the team shot 2-0 in the series and lost four games in a row.

Avalanche have a fuller team now than they did after last season. They are all proud of the postseason in their depths. But no one is playing at Kadri level waiting in the wings.

“His role will be filled by a committee,” Bednar said. “This is how he is a great player for us. They can be one person one night and another the next. I’m comfortable with it. Obviously, I have lost a great deal, but it is beyond our control. ”

JT Compher will be the only player to climb, and he did well on Saturday after making what would have been a mistake. He stumbled over Leon Draisaitl in the middle of Wednesday, then looked into the penalty box when goalkeeper Pavel Francouz stole Connor McDavid and saved the gloves. Evan Bouchard almost scored from the outside, but the puck hit the post, keeping a 2-2 tie.

When Compher came out of the box, he hit Bouchard to pass Andrew Cogliano, and then scored Oilers goals for Mike Smith. He tried to get between the legs of the netman but initially thought he had failed after seeing Smith’s condition. He continued on his way to the net, looking for a way to get even, and then he raised his hands excitedly to see the net behind the net.

“Definitely a roller coaster,” said Compher as he moved from the penalty box to the goal line. “It is not the right time for you to be punished. The amazing work is our execution, by Frankie. A little bit of luck in the post. Our penalty kicks are doing a good job of reducing the chances, and I can’t thank you enough for this session.

“From the very bottom is a box and I wait, and then being able to get one, then up, of course.”

The goal came to a standstill after a strong defense against Avalanche’s top players, who killed six people with an empty Edmonton net. Artturi Lehkonen and Devon Toews picked up the blocks, and Rantanen took Draisatil’s ticket and put it in an empty net with 30 seconds left to end any hopes for Edmonton’s return.

“It shows you the commitment you need to win the game,” said Nathan MacKinnon, who was assisted and an extra-double vote overnight. “If those pucks pass, who knows, right? The commitment that the boys have in the room is self-sacrifice, play with each other, and apparently Mikko, reads amazingly. Kwakukulu Great commitment from the guys to win.”

Most of the stories after the game, however, were about Kadri’s injury. Along with Compher, Alex Newhook and Nico Sturm had to climb in the middle. Bednar has also been able to move Rantanen from the wing to the center, a place he played in games this season. If Andre Burakovsky, a capable goal scorer, can return from an injury that is thought to be inferior to the rest of the body, he could also strengthen Avalanche.

“We need to rethink things, see where our health is with all our guys,” Bednar said. “Then choose a list that we think could work here against the Oilers in Game 4.”

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Valeri Nichushkin (two goals): With Colorado battling five in the first over, Nichushkin registered the first Avalanche shot on the frame, though he wanted to pass. He heard a bang on the ice, but it hit the Darnell Nurse’s staff and beat Smith to a 1-1 draw. Nichushkin also scored the second goal to lead the Avalanche until Ryan McLeod scored the third goal.

Nichushkin has been playing hard on the top line with Landeskog and MacKinnon.

“It’s amazing, but you have to prove every game,” he said of his senior role. You can’t sleep. I love so much. ”

Not a bad result for a player originally found on waivers.

Devon Toews (two assistants): The Toews played for about 27 minutes, 12:31 which against McDavid in the fifth inning. In those minutes, Avalanche had 56.13 percent of the expected share.

Pavel Francous (.931 save percentage): Although he had kept McLeod’s goal, Francousz stopped 27 shots and gave the Avalanche more reasons to believe he could help them win the series when Darcy Kuemper was injured. His save on McDavid III was a game changer.

“That’s who Frankie is,” Bednar said. “He just looks beyond any successes or failures he has and continues to strive to do what he can. I love his appearance about him, especially in his role as a backup. He appears in the stands here with the Kuemps injury, and he’s just like himself,” and I think that’s what our guys love and respect. “

(Photo by Nazem Kadri monitored after hit: Codie McLachlan / Getty Images)


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