Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit


You didn't think the best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins was going to come as easily as Game 1, did you? The hit knocked DeBrusk to the ice and the Bruins forward did not return to the game.

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 retired National Hockey League winger and notorious on-ice instigator weighed in on Saturday night's incident involving Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

Kadri's hit on DeBrusk occurred late in the third period of Saturday's Game 2 of the first-round playoff series between the Maple Leafs and Bruins, which Toronto ultimately lost 4-1.

After watching DeBrusk chase down Toronto's Patrick Marleau and slam the 39-year-old into the curved glass at the end of the bench, Kadri unleashed a vicious cross-check to DeBrusk's face, resulting in a major penalty and game misconduct.

"But obviously the refs had their whistle up their ass or they were too f-ing slow and were two lines behind the play, so they didn't see it so they couldn't have called it".

It's likely the NHL Department of Player Safety will take Kadri's previous sanctions into account when determining whether the Leafs' veteran should be suspended again.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun's postgame story was titled "Maple Leafs need to say goodbye to Kadri".

Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory. Kadri is a repeat offender; he was suspended three games from last year's playoffs for a headshot on Boston's Tomy Wingels.

"If they could ever depend on Kadri, which once upon a time they could, they can't any more".

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

"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.

"Judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great", Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said".

Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean". Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 to Marchand, who delayed before sliding a shot through Andersen's pads as Boston led 24-12 in shot attempts after one. "I mean that's his prerogative when you get hit".

To the surprise of some, Kadri returned for the third period.