'It's the most dangerous play in hockey' - Bednar confirms Kadri 'out' as Avalanche take 3-0 lead

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Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar confirmed Nazem Kadri will be out for the rest of the series as his side moved one win away from the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-2

The Avalanche claimed an all-important 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference playoff after a frenetic third period, with J.T. Compher and Mikko Rantanen scoring in the final exchanges.

It was overshadowed by Evander Kane's hit on Kadri however, with the Avalanche's two-way threat cross-checked from behind, flying head-first into the boards.

Kane was given a five-minute major penalty for the hit but was not ejected from the game.

The Avalanche defended stoutly to secure the win, but Bednar confirmed post-game they will go without Kadri in securing the series.

"Yeah, he's out. He's out," Bednar said. "He'll be out for the series at least, if not longer.

"I mean, the hit, it's the most dangerous play in hockey - puts him in head first from behind, eight feet from the boards. I'll leave it at that."

Connor McDavid had a clear opportunity to give the Oilers the 3-2 lead with 8:17 remaining and in the power play, shooting from just inside the hash marks in the left circle, but a brilliant glove save from Pavel Francouz critically kept the score tied.

The Oilers then hit the post a minute later but racing out of the penalty box, Compher was able to spring the Avalanche into transition, scoring his fifth goal of the playoffs to give the Avalanche the lead instead.

Rantanen sealed the victory with under a minute remaining, forcing the loss of Oilers' possession before scoring an empty-net goal.

The Avalanche will have a chance to sweep the series on Tuesday to face the winner of the series between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers.

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