Leafs' Kadri to have in-person hearing for Game 2 cross-check

Tanya Simon
April 14, 2019

Nazem Kadri is facing another suspension.

The Leafs forward has built up a reputation with the Department of Player Safety.

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.

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.

Kadri has been offered a hearing from the league's Department of Player Safety following a cross-check he delivered to the face of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the final minutes of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston. When asked about the infraction, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said he didn't see it and has not yet reviewed it. "When you lose you get a sour taste in your mouth and you push back and that's what they did and we're going to have to do that for Game 3".

With six minutes remaining in what was a rough Game 2 of the first-round series between the clubs, Kadri took exception to DeBrusk's hard hit on Patrick Marleau.

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Game 3 takes place in Toronto on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET.

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.

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. The Maple Leafs forward stayed down on the ice for several moments afterwards, but ultimately skated off on his own and returned for the start of the third period.

"I thought it was clean, looking back on it, shoulder to shoulder", Cassidy said.

Kadri was not made available to the media following the game. Torey Krug and Connor Clifton also left the contest, while Jake Muzzin was able to return to action despite being bloodied, so we'll see if Kadri's not the only one who will miss some time. Kadri and John Tavares were denied on a Leafs' power play, and Zach Hyman hit the post as the visitors tried to respond.

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