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. The 28-year-old has been suspended four times by the National Hockey League, twice for three games and twice for four games.
A Foggy Jake DeBrusk spoke to reporters after the game but would not discuss the hit and sais he doesn't even really remember it.
"You can talk about it all you want but".
If Mike Babcock had made a decision to award the opportunity by merit, it likely wouldn't have been Johnsson stepping in Kadri's pivot role on the power play he helped unlock after an 0-for-4 start. His inability to control his emotions may have prevented him from playing that role, and may ultimately provide him a one-way ticket out of town. Johnsson's heads-up pass helped result in Auston Matthews' first point of the series, coming when Johnsson set up Matthews for a goal a mere 12 seconds after David Backes started serving a high-sticking minor ...
Especially since those hockey talents make him so valuable that the Maple Leafs cannot afford to lose him when he inevitably does resort to those shenanigans that get him removed from the lineup. "We made a couple of key mistakes early".
"Now we know that they're going to be raring to go for Game 4 [on Wednesday]". Boston has scored just five goals in their first two games of this series, but they have still averaged a solid 3.80 gpg over their last 10 games. John Tavares, William Nylander, and Kadri all have a goal and an assist.
Given Matthews's struggles over the final part of the regular season and into the playoffs, it seemed as if it had been months since he scored on that familiar one-timer from the faceoff circle. 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. The league settled on three to five games. "Instead, it's a player retaliating against his opponent, using his stick as a weapon for forceful and direct head contact", the Department of Player Safety said in a release. Kadri looked to be injured but no penalty was called on DeBrusk. Neither Marleau nor DeBrusk was injured.
Going into the postseason, I published a story about how the NHL Playoffs offer terrific opportunity for bettors who hunt for value, rather than just picking the team they think will win.
It could have been a longer suspension for Kadri.
Mar 13, 2015 Missed 3 games (disciplinary).
And the consequences from this ban could last well beyond the first round of the playoffs. The Leafs forward then stayed down after taking knee-on-knee hit towards the end of the second before skating off and returning for the third.
They should be looking to trade him this offseason.
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