Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Leafs push back against Bruins, win 3-2 to take series lead

Leafs push back against Bruins, win 3-2 to take series lead

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. And Andreas Johnsson replaced Kadri on the first power-play unit and finished with a goal and an assist. And after yet another controversial cross-check on Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 against Boston, Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the first round against the Bruins, the league announced Monday.

Mike Babcock speaks with the media following tonight's game.

Scoreless following a spirited first period where the home side upped its physical play after getting dominated in Game 2, the offensive floodgates opened with five goals in the second. Kadri skated over to DeBrusk and hit the Bruins forward in the head with his stick.

Not only does Kadri have an extensive track record of incidents that have risen to the level of supplemental discipline, resulting in several suspensions, but this is the second year in a row he has taken himself out of a playoff series for an extended period of time due to his own recklessness and selfishness.

Brad Marchand and Charlie Coyle scored during a raucous opening period as the Boston Bruins downed Toronto 4-1 on Saturday to even the teams' first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. This is game three of a best-of-seven series, which is tied at one game apiece.

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With two pucks placed perfectly, perhaps then the opportunity to serve as the axis point between the four most talented players on the roster was all the motivation Johnsson needed to rediscover his game at the precise moment for the Maple Leafs. The video embedded below will give you a great idea how this game went. However, a player that could receive six or more games is offered an in-person hearing with the DPOS. Toronto is just 3-7 in their last 10 Conference quarterfinal games dating back to last season and they are just 2-5 in their last 7 contests at home but playoff time in Toronto is a different breed as the fans will surely be loud and proud on Monday night. The Bruins haven't provided an update on DeBrusk's status for Game 3. "Obviously, Kadri stayed down, I mean that's his prerogative when you get hit".

Kadri's retaliatory cross-check on DeBrusk at 14:03 of the third period came after DeBrusk checked Marleau into the curved glass at the Bruins bench. He plays a valuable third-line role for Toronto.

National Hockey League first-round playoff action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario. Bruins defenceman Connor Clifton sat out with an undisclosed injury, while winger Marcus Johansson missed a second consecutive game with an illness.

The Leafs are looking at life without him, as they'll need to find a way to finally defeat the Bruins without one of their most important forwards in the lineup.

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

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