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Canucks’ Nikita Zadorov: ‘I’m trying to choose my words carefully here to avoid a $25,000 fine’

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Photo credit:© Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports
Jagraj Lalli
1 month ago
In an anticlimactic turn, the Vancouver Canucks fell to the Nashville Predators in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Despite an energetic start at Rogers Arena, the Canucks couldn’t maintain their momentum, ultimately losing 2-1.
Entering the final period deadlocked in a scoreless tie, the Canucks maintained the offensive pressure, relentlessly creating scoring opportunities in the Nashville end. Nikita Zadorov broke the deadlock three minutes into the third period with a wicked wrist shot from the near side.
However, the game took a controversial turn when a penalty against Dakota Joshua left the Canucks shorthanded for the fourth time. Nashville capitalized on a questionable goal, which may or may not have been goaltender interference. 
Earlier in the game, Zadorov was penalized for a cross-check against Filip Forsberg. Though it may have appeared minor, it seemed to significantly affect the Predators’ star player.
Reflecting on the incident, Zadorov emphasized the need for accountability and integrity in playoff hockey.
“I mean, it’s the NHL playoffs. Everyone needs to be on their game, not just the players. I’m not sure what more Dakota could have done; he was backchecking and finished his check. The kid’s been avoiding hits for five games straight; you’ve got to protect yourself out there. It’s a tough league. I’m trying to choose my words carefully here to avoid a $25,000 fine, but everyone saw what happened. As I said, ultimately, it’s the players who are responsible for their actions on the ice, but there are a few other people accountable for ensuring the integrity of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and they can’t ignore stuff like this.”
 
With the series now in a pivotal stage, the Predators will be coming out hungry for Game 6. Vancouver must regroup and refocus to take the opportunity and advance in the playoffs. Puck drop is yet to be determined for Friday night’s showdown.

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