Credit Bruce Cassidy for not letting Mike Babcock get the upper hand after having his top line shut down by Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev. Kadri cross-checked DeBrusk in the third period after a series of physical exchanges throughout the game, earning himself a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Kadri was not made available after the game.
The Leafs now have to regroup for Monday's Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena, likely minus one of their most influential players, especially at this time of year. His other suspensions have included four games for an illegal hit in 2015 and three games for goalie interference in 2013.
The 28-year-old was suspended three games last season for a hit on then-Bruins forward Tommy Wingels. "In the playoffs, lots of times when you're a good player you don't score right away in the playoffs, it doesn't look like it's going good, people are evaluating you". "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".
The NHL's department of player safety tweeted early Sunday that Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing, meaning he could be suspended for more than five games.
"It was kind of in a blind spot for us on the bench", winger Zach Hyman said.
Moments earlier, DeBrusk hit Leafs veteran Patrick Marleau into the boards.
"But obviously the refs had their whistle up their ass or they were too f-ing slow and were two lines behind the play, so they didn't see it so they couldn't have called it". As Kadri exited the penalty box and attempted to rejoin play, DeBrusk appeared to try to lay a body check on the Leafs' center but instead hit him knee-on-knee.
"Judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great", Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said".
"We knew they were going to come hard", Toronto centre John Tavares said. Now, maybe in the end, when you look at it and it says 4-0 or 4-1, you didn't think it was competitive, but usually every game is ultra-competitive. Looking back on it, shoulder to shoulder. "Kadri stayed down. That's his prerogative". "I mean that's his prerogative when you get hit".
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 behind a helpless Andersen at 10:39.
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