Bruins bounce back to down Maple Leafs in Game 2

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

Jake DeBrusk lands a punch on Nazem Kadri during the first period.

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.

The Leafs neutralized Boston's top line of Marchand, Bergeron and David Pastrnak at 5 on 5 in their 4-1 victory in Game 1, while also using their superior quickness to expose 42-year-old defenceman Zdeno Chara. The series shifts to Columbus on Sunday night (7 p.m., NBCSN). Kadri skated over to DeBrusk and hit the Bruins forward in the head with his stick.

It was only 2-0 when Pastrnak was whistled for charging late in the first period, but the Leafs did nothing in the first minute and despite fresh ice to start the next frame, were just as ineffective, out of sync with more well-meaning drop passes and unable to establish net presence.

"We just want to play the same game", he said. "I assume it'll be dealt with, or looked at, and we'll go from there". He declined to speak about the Kadri cross-check.

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.

Welcome to the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, Maple Leafs.

The Department of Player Safety factors a player's history into its discipline.

Kadri has been suspended four times in his career.

Kadri did not participate in interviews after the game, but his teammates expressed general uncertainty about the potential punishment.

Adding David Backes to the lineup was basically him sending a message to his team that they were going to punish the Leafs any chance they got and Backes did that with seven hits alone.

A Foggy Jake DeBrusk spoke to reporters after the game but would not discuss the hit and sais he doesn't even really remember it. "I got no comment on that". "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced a few minutes after midnight via Twitter that Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing, with date and time to be determined. It's all kind of a blur, to be honest.

Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory.

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. Kadri was down on the ice for several minutes, and had to exit the game. There was no penalty on the play.

"Judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great", Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said". I'm just hoping they come back negative.

"I'm not sure there is an answer", Kadri said regarding how to stop Marner. "Kadri stayed down. That's his prerogative". Now, maybe in the end, when you look at it and it says 4-0 or 4-1, you didn't think it was competitive, but usually every game is ultra-competitive.

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