Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit

Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit

The NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday announced that Toronto's Nazem Kadri will have his in-person meeting regarding his cross-check to the next of the Bruins' Jake DeBrusk on Monday afternoon in NY.

The Leafs are bound to be without Nazem Kadri for Game 3, if not longer.

"The only problem with Kadri's hit [on DeBrusk] is he didn't take the top f-ing row of DeBrusk's teeth out", Avery said.

During last season's series against the Bruins, Kadri earned a three-game suspension after delivering a questionable hit on then-Boston winger Tommy Wingels.

Kadri has been suspended four times in his career.

You didn't think the best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins was going to come as easily as Game 1, did you?

"I certainly wasn't trying to hit him while he was down like that".

The best-of-7 playoff series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 at Toronto on Monday.

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Kadri and DeBrusk had been battling all game, and emotions began to boil over in the second period when Kadri went down after a knee-on-knee collision with his opponent.

If Kadri is unavailable for Game 3, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said he will play either William Nylander or Marleau in Kadri's slot as the team's third-line center.

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

Every Leafs line had trouble with every Bruins group they saw. Though Marleau was fine, Kadri immediately jumped in to retaliate against DeBrusk and cross-checked him in the face. "He is a young player growing in the National Hockey League and growing at playoff time and these are huge challenges and good challenges for him".

DeBrusk didn't play another shift and commented about the hit after the contest. No penalty was called on that either, and though Kadri clutched a knee before going to the room, he was back for the third period. "I thought they played harder than we did, I thought we played harder than them (in Game 1)".

This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri. Any comeback hopes ended, however, after Kadri's play, which merited a game misconduct and a major power play on which Patrice Bergeron added Boston's final goal. Kadri is a repeat offender and obviously hasn't learned his lesson. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads.

At the other end, Tuukka Rask faced 31 shots, and his shutout bid was gone at 10:44 of the third period when Kadri deflected a Travis Dermott shot into the net.

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