April 19, 2019

Nazem Kadri suspended remainder of first round for vicious cross-check

16 April 2019, 12:41 | Anna Jefferson

Mirtle A lot went wrong for the Maple Leafs in Game 2. But Nazem Kadri’s foolish play could cost them the series

Mirtle A lot went wrong for the Maple Leafs in Game 2. But Nazem Kadri’s foolish play could cost them the series

Things won't come easy for the Bruins in this one though as they have struggled to find a way to win in recent trips to Toronto as they are 2-7 in their last 9 trips to the Ontario capital and they are just 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog which are two trends favoring the Buds in this one. David Krejci and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots, while Marchand added an assist.

But a third incident in the Bruins' 4-1 victory inside a deafening TD Garden on Saturday night that knotted their first-round playoff series 1-1 saw Kadri snap in yet another moment of post-season madness. However, in Game 2, the Bruins went back to their game of physicality and skill and displayed way more discipline than the Leafs, specifically forward Nazem Kadri, who crossed the line one too many times, the worst being a cross-check to the face of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk. That set a tone for the home team, and the full house at Scotiabank Arena was raucous and thrilled to see their team perform at a consistently high level.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock is fond of saying teams' big stars cancel each other out in the heightened checking in the playoffs and it is the foot soldiers who make the difference. However, they did call it more like a regular-season game, which worked in the Leafs' favour. The Bruins forward was already hot because of a hit the Leafs centre threw in the previous game that he deemed dirty.

Stop me if you've heard this one before, but Nazem Kadri might be staring down a suspension in Toronto's first round series with the Bruins.

"Just a team effort", Rielly said. This is game three of a best-of-seven series, which is tied at one game apiece.

The fourth line produced the first goal of the game, with Trevor Moore finding the net early in the second period.

The NHL, if it so decides, could levy a suspension of six games or more considering the hearing is not being done by phone. DeBrusk and Kadri went off for roughing after wrestling on the ice, although the latter did little to warrant a penalty, save for getting punched in the face.

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May said prior to Game 3 that the play was risky and should be one that's kept out of the league, and therefore, the punishment should have been more severe.

This, of course, comes after Kadri was suspended for three games in the first round against the Bruins a year ago after he hit Boston forward Tommy Wingels along the boards in Game 1. He was retaliating for a hit DeBrusk laid on Patrick Marleau. He is an excellent third line center and is under a good contract.

"In anything in life, you want to be in control and you've got to own everything".

If Babcock can trust Kadri - who is under contract through the 2021-22 season with an annual average salary of $4.5-million USA - we aren't sure how. Heck of a play by John Tavares on the Leafs' third goal, drawing the attention Bruins defencemen Brandon Carlo and Steven Kampfer behind the net before feeding Andreas Johnsson with a no-look pass.

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