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Avalanche player suspended 8 games for hit to head during 1st round of the playoffs

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri, left, hits St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in...
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)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 9:13 PM MDT
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DENVER (KKTV) - The Avs took a major blow this week following a major hit by one of their forwards.

For those who saw the play unfold Wednesday night, some felt it was clear Nazem Kadri was shooting for a full-body check and didn’t mean to aim for the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk. Others thought it was an intentional attack and justice needed to be served. The NHL breaks down video of the hit on their website. You can also watch the video at the bottom of this article.

In the video report, the NHL brought up Kadri’s past, which includes five suspensions, and added he could have taken a different angle before the collision with Faulk’s head or gone lower during the check. The NHL feels Kadri targeted the head.

Kadri argued he intended to deliver a full-body check.

Justice was served Friday night when the NHL announced the punishment. Kadri was suspended for eight games.

Heading into Friday’s matchup, the Avs were leading the series 2-0.

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