Burakovsky uncertain for Avalanche in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

DENVER– Andre BurakowskiColorado Avalanche’s status for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday is uncertain.

Burakowski was hit in the hand by a shot from the Lightning defender Victor Hedman early in the second period of Colorado’s 7-0 win in Saturday’s Game 2 and did not return.

The forward did not travel to Tampa with the Avalanche on Sunday but is expected to join them on Monday after being evaluated by doctors, coach Jared Bednar said.

Burakovsky scored the overtime winner in Colorado’s 4-3 Game 1 win, then had a goal and an assist in Game 2 before injuring himself. He has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games after posting an NHL career-high 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 80 regular-season games.

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Nazem Kadri nearing return to Colorado and is by the day. He’s been skating since Thursday but hasn’t practiced with the Avalanche yet.

The forward required surgery for a hand injury sustained in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers on June 4 Evander Kanewho received a severe penalty and was suspended for one game.

“I’m not sure about Naz’s schedule yet,” Bednar said. “…Obviously he’s making progress. He skated every day. He put his stick in it. He’s now starting to shoot pucks and do more puck handling, catching and releasing, like passing and shooting. So we hope we go see him sometime. I’m not sure if it’s Game 3 or Game 4.”

Kadri had an NHL career-high with 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 regular-season games and 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 13 playoff games.

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