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Oilers’ Evander Kane suspended one game

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has announced that Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane has been suspended one game for his hit against Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri early in the first period. Saturday night.

The hit came when Kadri and Kane skated to the end boards to battle for a loose puck. Kane pushed Kadri several feet before the boards causing Kadri to lose his balance and awkwardly hit the boards. Kadri remained on the ice for several minutes before being helped. The Avalanche forward did not return and, according to head coach Jared Bednar, was ruled out for the rest of the series.

In rationalizing the suspension, the Department of Player Safety stated the following:

“It is important to note that this is not a scenario where Kadri puts himself in a vulnerable position just before the hit in a way that turns a legal check into an illegal check. Although we recognize that Kadri positions himself in front of Kane in order to protect the puck, this action is not a sudden or abrupt movement that changes the nature of Kane’s shot in a way that he cannot control. Kane’s argument that Kadri loses footing when approaching the boards, we believe this is a direct result of the push and not an unavoidable event that causes an unfortunate accident. deliberate at a dangerous distance from the boards as both players are moving at high speed and causes injury.

Kane has been suspended multiple times in the past, including two separate three-game suspensions, once for nudging and once for on-ice officiating. Losing Kane, even for a single game, is a blow for Edmonton as the winger enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career to date in 2021-22. Kane had 22 goals and 16 assists in 43 games, followed by 17 points, including a playoff-leading 13 goals, in 15 playoff games for Edmonton.

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