NHL fines David Perron $5K for cross-checking Nazem Kadri in Game 4

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The NHL has fined St. Louis Blues forward David Perron $5,000 for cross-checking Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri, the league said Tuesday.

The incident took place in the second period of Game 4. After Kadri landed a hit on Perron near the Blues bench, Pavel Buchnevich, another St. Louis player, took exception to the exchange and cross-checked Kadri down to the ice. As Kadri attempted to get up, Perron lunged forward, sent another cross-check into Kadri from behind, and proceeded to pile on top of him as the referees attempted to break up the scrum.

Buchnevich was given a two-minute penalty for roughing, while Perron was assessed a minor penalty for cross-checking.

“We were just trying to create a spark,” Perron said, when asked about his actions. “We need more fight in our group. We need more guys, I think, just creating a spark or whatever is required during the game.”

The Avalanche failed to capitalize on the ensuing 5-on-3 power play, but Kadri notched his second of the game shortly after, making the score an insurmountable 4-1.

As he found the back of the net, Perron took another run at Kadri, this time narrowly missing him with an elbow.

“Lose your cool, and we’ll make you pay,” the Avalanche star said after the game.

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