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NHL - US Sports: Kadri denies wrongdoing

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri denied any wrongdoing in the play which has seen St. Louis Blues netminder Jordan Binnington ruled out for the rest of their Western Conference Second Round series with a lower-body injury.

The Avalanche, 8/5 to win the Stanley Cup, were losing 1-0 in Game 3 at the time of the heavy collision, going on to win 5-2 and claim a 2-1 series lead.

Avalanche take the advantage

Binnington, who allowed four goals on 85 shots in the first two games of the series, sustained the injury at 6.45 of the first period with Kadri claiming he was aiming to score a rebound and was pushed into the netminder by defenceman Calle Rosen.

Ville Husso, who began the playoffs before being replaced by Binnington in Game 4 of the first round series against the Minnesota Wild, allowed four goals on 23 shots.

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28-year-old Binnington ranks second in the playoffs with a .949 save-percentage and his 1.72 goals-against-average (GAA) is the best of any goalie to play more than one game. Husso, 27, has a .891 save-percentage and 3.38 GAA.

Kadri defends position

In 40 regular season starts, Husso had a .919 save-percentage and 2.56 GAA, Binnington was .901 with a 3.12 GAA in 37 starts.

Aside from being involved in the big talking point from Game 3, 31-year-old Kadri collected his fourth assist of the playoffs and sixth point which includes two goals.

Whilst speaking to the media afterwards, an emotional Binnington threw a water bottle at Kadri whilst he explained: "I just see a loose puck, really… I think their defenceman kind of collided with me and pushed me into him. So, you know, had that not been the case, I don't think I would have hit him at all...I'm going out there to win and compete and if that's personal that's on them."

Game 4 will be in St. Louis on Monday.

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