Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
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Leafs' Kadri faces hearing for hit on DeBrusk

Leafs' Kadri faces hearing for hit on DeBrusk

As the Leafs trailed 3-1 to the Bruins, Kadri sought out DeBrusk after he delivered a hit on Patrick Marleau, then Kadri delivered a cross-check to the winger's face.

Kadri's hit did not earn him a match penalty, but it may well earn him a suspension. No doubt about it, this is unlikely history potentially repeating itself, as Kadri received a three-game suspension for going after Tommy Wingels during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though Marleau was fine, Kadri immediately jumped in to retaliate against DeBrusk and cross-checked him in the face.

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

Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 _ likely without Kadri. His other suspensions have included four games for an illegal hit in 2015 and three games for goalie interference in 2013. "I was already committed to the hit", Kadri said at the time.

Boston came out of the gate with a objective, hitting every Toronto player in sight and building a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes inside an electric TD Garden. "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".


Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in the head Saturday night, the NHL Department of Player Safety has announced.

"It was kind of in a blind spot for us on the bench", winger Zach Hyman said.

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. No penalty was called on the play. "I talked to the ref, he said he dropped him, and it was just a big hit". I think we were tonight. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads. "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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