NHL

Oilers' Kane suspended for Game 4 of Western Conference final for hit from behind on Avs' Kadri

The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane for Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference final for a hit from behind that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri.

Colorado coach Bednar says Kadri will be out for rest of series, and possibly longer

Avalanche's Nazem Kadri didn't return to the game 3 on Saturday after Oilers' Evander Kane, left, seen during Game 2 of the series, sent him crashing left arm-first into the boards. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane for Game 4 of the Western Conference final for a hit from behind that injured Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri.

The incident occurred just over a minute into the first period of Game 3 on Saturday.

Kadri didn't return to the game after Kane sent him crashing left arm-first into the boards.

"Those are the ones that kind of gives you the chills down your spine," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said after the game. "You're taught from a young age that you don't do that, and especially in that distance from the boards. It's a dangerous play."

The hit was reviewed and called a major penalty, though Kane avoided a game misconduct.

"I was just coming in on the backcheck," Kane said after the game. "Puck went wide, kind of dribbled into the corner. I know he likes to reverse hit. I was just trying to get a bump on him, that's really all I did.

"Unfortunately he went into the boards awkwardly and hurt his hand."

Oilers captain Connor McDavid (97) watches on as Nazem Kadri remains down following the hit. (Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

Avalanche coach Jared Bednar says Kadri will be out for the remainder of the conference final, and possibly longer.

"The hit, it's the most dangerous play in hockey," Bednar said post-game. "He puts him in head-first from behind, eight feet from the boards. I'll leave it at that."

Colorado won the game 4-2 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Monday in Edmonton.

"Unfortunately Nazem got hurt. So let's start with that," Edmonton coach Jay Woodcroft said Sunday. "I heard their press conference about how he is hurt, so I wish him the best. To me, we've seen that play — that type of hockey play — occurs during the playoffs, and it's unfortunate someone got hurt. We took a five-minute penalty and were able to kill it off."

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