Leafs head home looking to regroup with Kadri's status in limbo

Mike Augello - Boston to step up physical play in Game 2; Leafs vs. Bruins

The NHL has offered Kadri an in-person hearing with the department of player safety, which may indicate a lengthy suspension.

April 20, 2018 Missed the last 3 playoff games (suspended by nhl). The Bruins will likely have to answer for the hit Jake Debrusk put on veteran forward Patrick Marleau, and while Nazem Kadri got his revenge and will likely serve a suspension for his cheap shot cross check, expect there to be some fireworks early on in this bitter rivalry. Kadri skated over to DeBrusk and hit the Bruins forward in the head with his stick.

The 28-year-old has been suspended four times for a total of 14 games in his career, including that trio playoff contests.

The Bruins returned to their familiar physical style of play after dropping a 4-1 decision to Toronto in Game 1 of the series on Thursday.

The Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and last spring, could do nothing with a power play that stretched between the first and second periods before Andersen made two more big stops on DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman. Columbus has got a good hockey club, they acquired a lot at the deadline and they had a good hockey club before. In re-watching the video of the knee-on-knee hit on Kadri, it appears that they ran into each other. With that in mind, he wants to see more aggression from the Maple Leafs as the series shifts to Toronto.

Marner - who along with John Tavares, Zach Hyman, Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev did a solid job of containing Boston's top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak in Game 1 - said it's important the Leafs stay patient in their approach.

"It's time for f-ing Auston Matthews to wake up", Avery said.


Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory. Kadri was down on the ice for several minutes, and had to exit the game.

After the hit on Wingels in last year's playoffs, Kadri spoke to reporters and defended the play.

DeBrusk then went after Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott near the benches, punching the rookie blue-liner repeatedly in a sequence that didn't result in a penalty.

Boston hit everything in sight, jumping out to 3-0 lead in the second period before Kadri scored midway through the third, about four minutes before his cross-check on DeBrusk. No penalty was called. Goal production has also been an issue for the Bruins when they visit Scotiabank Arena, with the club tallying just 2.11 goals per game over their past nine.

Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean". "Looking back on it, shoulder-to-shoulder".

"I don't get surprised at playoff time", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said.

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