Oilers’ Evander Kane suspended for hit that injured Nazem Kadri

Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane has been suspended one game by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday for his two-handed crosscheck to Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri on Saturday night.

Kane was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding Kadri from behind at 1:06 of the first period. Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft felt that the penalty should suffice but the NHL felt differently.

Colorado eventually went on to win the Game 4-2 and lead the best-of-seven series 3-0. Game 4 is at Rogers Place on Monday.

Kane suspended, Kadri out for series

Kane, 30, has 17 points in the postseason to go with 39 in the regular season. He was also suspended for 21 games in September for violating the NHL’s COVID policy which eventually led to the San Jose Sharks terminating his contract and making him a free agent.

“The puck went wide, dribbled into the corner. I know he likes to reverse hit, and I was just trying to get a bump on him. That’s really all I did,” Kane pleaded his case on the play. “Unfortunately, he went into the boards awkwardly and hurt his hands. But that was unfortunate.”

While Kane will miss the next game, Kadri could be out much longer.

“He’s out for this series at least if not longer,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “The hit is the most dangerous play in hockey. Puts him in head first from behind 8 feet off the boards. I’ll leave it at that.”

Kadri, 31, had 14 points in 13 playoff games before going down with this injury.