Burakovsky uncertain for Avalanche in Game 3

By: The Trend Wire

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The status of Andre Burakovsky for the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday is unknown.

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Burakovsky was struck in the hand by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman early in the second period of Colorado's 7-0 win in Game 2 on Saturday and did not return.

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

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Burakovsky scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1 of the series, then had a goal and an assist in Game 2 before being injured. 

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After an NHL career-high 61 points (22 goals, 39 assists) in 80 regular-season games, he has eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Nazem Kadri is day to day as he prepares to return to Colorado. He's been skating since Thursday, but has yet to join the Avalanche in practise.

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On June 4, the forward underwent surgery for a hand injury suffered in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the Edmonton Oilers

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After being boarded by Oilers forward Evander Kane, who received a major penalty and was suspended one game, Kadri left the game at 1:06 of the first period.

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Bednar said, "I'm not sure about 'Naz's timeline yet." "... It's clear that he's improving. He's been skating every day since he was a kid. He's poked it with his stick.

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He's starting to shoot pucks and handle the puck more, catching and releasing it in the same way that he passes and shoots. So we're hoping to run into him at some point. It's either Game 3 or Game 4, I'm not sure."

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