Nikita Zadorov zings Edmonton, refuses to disclose on Evander Kane

The defenseman explained of playing in Edmonton: “It’s fun. They have good fans, diehard fans. There’s pretty much nothing else to do in that city except watch hockey”

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Here’s guessing Nikita Zadorov knew exactly what he was doing.

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The Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers are knotted at 1-1 in their best-of-seven second round playoff set, and the series now shifts to Edmonton for Game 3 on Sunday. Zadorov, who’s a Vancouver defenseman, was asked Saturday about playing postseason games there, since it’s something he did with the Calgary Flames in the first round two years ago.

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“It’s fun. They have good fans, diehard fans. There’s pretty much nothing else to do in that city except watch hockey. I like what they do. That’s why they love their team for sure, and support them so hard,” Zadorov, 29, said. “It’s been fun. I’ve only had good experiences over there, for sure.”

That’s a comment that’s likely to have some staying power with the people of Edmonton. Zadorov, though, has never been accused of being shy. He’s been keen on playing the villain role in these playoffs already, saying during the first-round series against the Nashville Predators that “it’s cool when everybody hates you.”

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Zadorov has been jostling, jousting and jawing with Edmonton winger Evander Kane through the first two games of this series, and the Canucks feel Kane got away with slew feet on both Zadorov and fellow blue liner Quinn Hughes during the Oilers’ 4-3 overtime win Friday at Rogers Arena. The Hughes hit was the most noticeable of the pair.

Zadorov was asked Saturday about what he thought of Kane’s collision with Hughes specifically.

“It doesn’t really matter what I think. I have a lot of questions after every game about officiating and nobody is going to answer those questions. We can stand here and cry about it. Nothing’s going to change,” he said. “There’s a Game 3 coming up. Just have to be ready for it.”

Zadorov and Kane had a conversation after the hit on Hughes. Zadorov wouldn’t divulge what was said, explaining “that’s going to be between me and him.”

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“I’m not throwing guys under the bus to the media,” Zadorov said.

Hughes also took a stick to the face from Edmonton center Connor McDavid that went uncalled, even though Hughes was left bleeding.

Canucks coach Rick Tocchet said Saturday morning that he wasn’t about to “nitpick with the hook and holding,” but did mention the Kane hits and the stick to the face on Hughes.

“If they don’t see it, they don’t see it. I don’t know what they’re seeing. What am I going to do? Argue with the guy?” Tocchet said. “I just thought those two slew feet on Kane can’t be missed.”

Tocchet has been meeting with series supervisor Brad Watson on game days and expects to do the same Sunday in Edmonton.

Vancouver was 1-for-3 on the power play Friday. Edmonton was also 1-for-3 with the man advantage. The series is bound to get even more intense as it goes forward.

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“There’s a lot of competitive guys on both sides, a lot of physicality, a lot of guys who play with an edge. That’s what we expect. They’re hitting our top players. We are going to try to hit their top players as well,” Zadorov said.

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