Heavy penalty for Colorado Avalanche Nazem Kadri; suspended for 8 games

Arbitrator upholds Kadri suspension
May 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk (72) falls to the ice after being hit in the third period by Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Kadri would be ejected from the game for an illegal hit to the head. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri is no stranger to being suspended in the playoffs. In game two against the Blues, he came across the ice and leveled Justin Faulk. Slow motion replay showed that Kadri led with his right shoulder and went high to Faulk’s head. He was assessed a match penalty and the NHL Department of Player Safety came down hard.

Nazem Kadri suspended 8 games

The NHL DoPS safety called it an illegal hit to the head. According to DoPS, Kadri explained he was just trying to deliver a full body check, but it was noted that this was avoidable. As for the lengthy 8 game suspension, it was due to this being his 6th offense of his career.

“I’m a little surprised, to be honest with you,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “I looked through all the head-shot suspensions for the last year, a lot of two-gamers getting handed out for significant hits to the head. We’ve had some guys put out with hits to the head that are still out with no suspension, so I thought, generally the rule of thumb is playoffs, you get a little less, and he got significantly worse, so it is what it is. We have to deal with it, and we need other guys to step up, and I’m not going to worry about the past.”

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The Avalanche are currently up in their 7 games series against the Blues, 3-0. They won again last night to grab a stranglehold.

nazem kadri suspended
May 19, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) checks St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk (72) in the third period in game two of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Ball Arena. Kadri would be ejected from the game for an illegal hit to the head. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports