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Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri ejected for hit to head of St. Louis Blues' Justin Faulk

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 5/20/2021 Mike Brehm, USA TODAY

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, who has a lengthy suspension history, is looking at another after he received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head Wednesday night.

A match penalty requires an automatic review by the league. The penalty was confirmed on replay. The NHL has offered an in-person hearing to Kadri, meaning a possible suspension of more than five games. No date has been set for the hearing, which would be conducted via Zoom.  

a hockey player with a crowd watching: Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri warms up before Game 2. © Isaiah J. Downing, USA TODAY Sports Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri warms up before Game 2.

St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk received the high hit from Kadri during the third period and went to the dressing room. The Blues scored on the ensuing five-minute power play to pull within 3-2.

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Kadri, who arrived to the Avalanche in a 2019 trade, twice was suspended for questionable hits during the first round while he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The suspensions were considered the reason that the Maple Leafs dealt him.

He got three playoff games during the 2018 playoffs for a hit from behind on the Boston Bruins' Tommy Wingels.

The following year, he was suspended for the remainder of the first round for a Game 2 cross-check on the Bruins' Jake DeBrusk.

Kadri has five suspensions in his career, though none with Colorado.

Faulk's injury left the Blues two defensemen short in the game. Robert Bortuzzo left earlier after being elbowed by the Avalanche's Tyson Jost.

The Avalanche won 6-3 on a Nathan MacKinnon hat trick to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.

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