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Kadri to have hearing today for DeBrusk hit

15 April 2019

There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

To avoid an 0-2 hole heading to Scotiabank Arena for Monday's Game 3, the Bruins will try to key on neutralizing Leafs winger Mitch Marner. Debrusk would catch Patrick Marleau with a hit along the sideboards. Kadri left the penalty box, zoomed into the play, stole the puck from David Krecji.and skated right into Jake DeBrusk, whom Kadri had fought in the first period. "I didn't see it and haven't reviewed it because it was down the wall from us".

The best-of-7 playoff series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 at Toronto on Monday. He declined to speak about the Kadri cross-check.

Considering Kadri's suspension history, including when he was suspended for three games in the opening round against the Bruins last spring, a lengthy forced sit-down from the league could be on the way. If the Bruins carry this effort over to Game 3, the Maple Leafs are going to be in tough, but it feels like things could go either way ... and likely back and forth.

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

But the most controversial moments of violence revolved around Nazem Kadri, and his actions might force him to miss some time, too.

The only suspension this season for longer than five games dealing strictly with on-ice conduct was the 20 games (reduced to 14 on appeal) that Washington's Tom Wilson, himself a repeat offender, got for a hit in the Capitals' preseason finale. "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".

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Boston almost tied it moments later, but Andersen stopped Charlie Coyle before the Bruins centre rang a shot off the post. I feel like I had a pretty solid year and stayed consistent throughout that. "So we've just got to play a little faster".

"I thought it was clean", Cassidy said. "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".

DeBrusk didn't play another shift and commented about the hit after the contest. Though Marleau was fine, Kadri immediately jumped in to retaliate against DeBrusk and cross-checked him in the face.

DeBrusk then went after Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott near the benches, punching the rookie blue-liner repeatedly in a sequence that didn't result in a penalty. This should also be a wake up call for the rest of the players in this series.

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

"We knew they were going to come hard", Toronto centre John Tavares said. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads.

"I don't get surprised at playoff time", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said.

Kadri to have hearing today for DeBrusk hit