Stanley Cup 2019: Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri facing suspension

Wednesday, 17 Apr, 2019

There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

You can tell the decision by Kadri (or lack of thinking) to go after Jake DeBrusk with a high crosscheck isn't being received well by Mike Babcock who knows his forward went too far.

The Leafs opened the scoring with a five-on-five goal from the fourth line - easily their best one shift-to-shift in the first 40 minutes - and added two power-play goals in the second period to take a 3-1 lead. He was retaliating for a hit DeBrusk laid on Patrick Marleau. Kadri has an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety which means he can be suspended for five or more games. It's time for the NHL Department of Player safety to make it hurt. "If you're playing brutal, you don't want to be out there, but if you have it going, the team is playing well, it's a big game, you want to be out there as much as you can, as much as your body will let you". "We brought the speed in Game 2 and they brought the speed in (Games) 1 and 3".

At some point the Maple Leafs have to ask themselves at what point he is no longer worth the hassle, because if you can't count on him to stay out of trouble at the biggest time of the year, what good is everything else that he offers?

Kadri is a player who will stand up, he can get the fire going, but he can also be a hindrance.

Boston responded on a power play of its own with 37.3 seconds left in the period when Coyle collected a puck off the end boards to score his second of the series. 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.

April 20, 2018 Missed the last 3 playoff games (suspended by nhl). He has also been fined three times - twice for diving embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture. The team that played the hardest won Game 2.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. "Just happy we got the win". The B's turned that power play into a goal and happily obliged to the Leafs' undisciplined play, tying the series at one with their own 4-1 victory.

The first came in his rookie season against the Capitals in 2017, just moments after a vicious Nazem Kadri hit on Brooks Orpik.

Note: Game 5 is set for Friday in Boston. In re-watching the video of the knee-on-knee hit on Kadri, it appears that they ran into each other.

Kadri had 16 goals and 28 assists in 73 games for the Leafs this season, following consecutive seasons of 32 goals.

Kadri has the right to appeal through the NHL Players' Association to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. Boston bounced back in game two with a solid 4-1 win and will now be looking to grab back their home-ice advantage with a win in this one. As a bonus, they showed that they can at least slow the deadly line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, as that trio was unable to generate a single point on Monday.

"We're in a best of five now, we've got to dig in".

But nearly certainly without Kadri - and in all likelihood for an extended period of time.