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Avalanche looking to Zadorov in search of more physicality vs. Sharks

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DENVER – Despite out-hitting the San Jose Sharks 41-20 in Game 3, the Colorado Avalanche want to be more physical.

Enter Nikita Zadorov.

The towering 24-year-old brought back old-time hockey last game with 11 hits, which is the third-highest total in an NHL playoff game over the last five years.

To put his pluckiness in perspective, a mere five hits is a big night in today’s NHL.

"Aggressive hitting – that’s my game," beamed the chatty Russian, taken 16th overall in 2013.

"I had situations with their guys having their head down all the time so I might as well go and hit them. I try to be physical on all their guys, and their skilled guys are getting frustrated, and I think it gets my teammates going. When I piss all their team off it’s my job."

After one too many blasts on Evander Kane, Michael Haley had enough and tried twice to initiate a fight with the six-foot-five, 230-pound behemoth.

Nothing doing.

"I told him, ‘You’re playing five minutes a night and I’m playing 20 – it’s an unfair trade,’" shrugged the........

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