Bruins Ride Momentum From Game 3 To A 2-1 Series Lead

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri may face another postseason suspension, this time for cross-check

Andreas Johnsson, also with a goal and an assist, and Trevor Moore provided the rest of the offense for Toronto.

Inserted into the lineup after getting healthy scratched for Game 1, veteran winger David Backes was first to a loose puck behind Toronto's net before feeding Coyle in front to bury a shot past Frederik Andersen, who was terrific in making 37 saves, for a 1-0 lead just 4:44 in.

Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced.

The curse began with the heartbreaking third-period blowout that eliminated Toronto from playoff contention in 2013 after being up 4-1 after 40 minutes and reared its ugly head again last spring when the Leafs entered the third in Boston up 4-3, only to lose the elimination match 7-4. The fourth-line winger jammed home a rebound from the side of the goal, giving Toronto its first 1-0 lead of the series. "You've just got to find another level to dig in".

If Mike Babcock had chose 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. However, they did call it more like a regular-season game, which worked in the Leafs' favour. 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.

First of all, Thursday's 4-1 win already represents an improvement over previous matchups: in fact, its the first time the Leafs have won the first game of a playoff series since 2003 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. In the end, Kadri lost his cool and will likely be suspended for multiple games for cross-checking DeBrusk in the face. You have to own your play, you have to own your discipline, you have to own what's going on. So far in the first two games of this series, we have seen no more than five goals scored.


"Every night you get a set of four officials (including linesmen)", Babcock said.

April 13, 2018 Suspended by the National Hockey League for 3 games.

Kadri travelled to NY for an in-person hearing, meaning the league had the option to suspend the player for more than five games. That means a maximum five-game ban for Kadri.

William Nylander slid over from the wing to take Kadri's place on Toronto's third line behind between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown.

After an impressive show in Game 1, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't hesitate to express their disappointment following a poorly played and atrociously officiated 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The Leafs will be dealing with a financial crunch as they look to tie up a number of potential free agents, most notably foward Mitch Marner, whose extension could equal or surpass Matthews' recent five-year, $52.17-million (U.S.) deal.

This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri.

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