Blues want Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri suspended for dirty stunt: ‘guy can’t control himself’

Blues want Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri suspended for dirty stunt: ‘guy can’t control himself’

Nazim Kadri added another offline hit to his resume on Wednesday night.

In the Avalanche’s 6-3 win over the Blues, Kadri hit St. Louis defender Justin Faulk loud and clear. He was given a five-minute middle finger for the kick and one game misconduct as Faulk came out after being cold knocked out.

It was definitely a dirty trick from Kadri, and it’s not the first time he’s done something like this. While with the Maple Leafs in 2018 and 2019, Kadri was suspended in two straight playoffs for hits against the Bruins. The first saw him get a three-game suspension for boarding Tommy Wingels. A year later, he was banned for the last five games of the Leafs-Bruins series for crossing paths with Jake DeBrusk.

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Because of Kadri’s history, the Blues hope that the Avalanche striker will get his sixth career suspension.

“The guy can’t control himself,” Blues center Brayden Schenn said, by ESPN. “In the playoffs he’s a repeat offender. Bad shots. Fat shots. He had a guy in a vulnerable position and he only picked the lead.”

And Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly echoed Schenn’s feelings after the game.

“It’s a very dangerous shot. It must be a suspension,” said O’Reilly. “He’s a repeat offender. It’s completely out of place. It’s horrible to see.”

Soon we’ll see what the league does, but in all likelihood the Avalanche, up 2-0 in the series, will have to try to send the Blues without Kadri.

And they can be without him even more given his troubling history of playoff antics.

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