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Kadri d’Avalanche appeals 8-game suspension denied by referee


Nazem kadri The appeal of his eight-game suspension by the NHL’s Player Safety Department was dismissed in a binding decision issued by an independent referee on Monday.

The Colorado Avalanche forward will serve the remainder of his suspension in Games 5 and 6 of the Stanley Cup second round against the Vegas Golden Knights. Kadri would be eligible to play in Game 7, if necessary.

Colorado would be eliminated by a loss in Game 6 in Vegas on Thursday.

Kadri called on Shyam Das. the independent arbitrator, as was his right under the NHL / NHLPA collective bargaining agreement, after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman dismissed his initial appeal on May 31.

The suspension was issued on May 21 for an illegal check at the head of the defenseman of the St. Louis Blues. Justin faulk in Game 2 of the first round at Colorado on May 19.

Kadri has served seven games: Games 3 and 4 against the Blues and five games against the Golden Knights.

He had one assist in two playoff games before being suspended and scored 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 36 Stanley Cup playoff games. He has 32 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 56 regular season games this season.

“All eight games, I’m a little surprised to be honest with you,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said when the suspension was announced. “I’ve looked at all of the headshot suspensions from the last year. A lot of two-man players have had big hits to the head. We’ve had guys who’ve been hit in the head that you know have ‘They are still with no suspension and two games.

“So I thought, as a rule of thumb, in the playoffs you get a little less, and he’s got a lot more, so that’s what it is. We have to deal with it and we need to. ‘other guys to step up, and I’ I’m not going to care beyond today. We have to live with the decisions [NHL Player Safety] do and they do them for a reason. We don’t always have to agree when it’s their decision and you have to live with it. “

The incident occurred with 13:34 remaining in the third period. Kadri received a match penalty. Faulk, who did not return in Game 2, did not play the last two games of the best-of-7 series.

Kadri had been suspended twice before during the playoffs.

While playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he was suspended for three games for taking on Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1 of the 2018 Eastern Conference First Round. suspended for the remainder of the first round of 2019 for cross-checking the Boston forward. Jake DeBrusk in game 2; the Bruins have won the series in seven games.