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Avalanche's Nazem Kadri suspended 8 games for hit to head

The NHL announced the punishment during Colorado’s Game 3 at St. Louis on Friday night.

NEW YORK — Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for eight games by the NHL on Friday night for his head shot on St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 of a first-round playoff series.

The NHL announced the punishment during Colorado’s game at St. Louis. The top-seeded Avalanche took a 2-0 series lead into the game.

The veteran forward clipped Faulk in the head with his right elbow midway through the third period in Game 2. Faulk left the game, and Kadri was thrown out with a match penalty. Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly called it a dangerous hit that was “completely uncalled for.”

This marked the sixth career suspension for Kadri. 

Credit: AP
Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, left, hits St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Denver. Kadri was removed from the game for the hit. Colorado won 6-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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