Leafs' Kadri to have in-person hearing for Game 2 cross-check

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2019

The Boston Bruins got mean against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 2, and now their Round 1 series is even 1-1.

The 28-year-old has been offered an in-person hearing, which gives the league the option to suspend him for six games or more. Debrusk would catch Patrick Marleau with a hit along the sideboards.

"The only problem with Kadri's hit [on DeBrusk] is he didn't take the top f-ing row of DeBrusk's teeth out", Avery said. His cross-check on Jake DeBrusk in Game 2, to them, looked an bad lot like what Kadri did to Luke Glendening three years ago, a play that resulted in a four-game suspension. If you try to hit him, it seems like he can slide checks, create plays.

DeBrusk said postgame he underwent a series of tests after leaving the game and is waiting for the results before he learns if he can play Monday in Game 3.

"You have to play real hard and look after yourself, but you can't cross the line", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said on a conference call with reporters Sunday.

Nazem Kadri was given a five-minute major for cross checking and a game misconduct in the third period of Toronto's Game 2 loss to Boston.

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Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 to put a bow on Boston's victory as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 - likely without Kadri.

"They had a push and we weren't really ready for it", Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin said after the game in the visitors locker-room at TD Garden. "He is a young player growing in the National Hockey League and growing at playoff time and these are huge challenges and good challenges for him". 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. In the second period, DeBrusk collided with Kadri in what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit.

Several Maple Leafs players made available after Saturday's game said they did not see Kadri's hit on DeBrusk from a proper angle and therefore did not want to comment on it.

This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri. Kadri stayed down for a moment before heading straight to the locker room. I think you'll like his answer. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads.

"I don't get that surprised at playoff time".

Krug did not return, but the Bruins scored just 11 seconds later when William Nylander inexplicably lost the puck at the side of Toronto's net, leaving an easy tap-in for Heinen at 10:39.

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