Leafs' Kadri faces hearing for hit on DeBrusk

Leafs' Kadri faces hearing for hit on DeBrusk

Leafs' Kadri faces hearing for hit on DeBrusk

Welcome to the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, Maple Leafs. They were powerless to stop it.

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 an in-person hearing, which is usually a precursor to a lengthy suspension. Kadri was suspended three games during last year's Round 1 series; will he involuntarily take a seat again?

"We turned the puck over".

Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron had the other goals for Boston, which flexed its muscle following Thursday's lacklustre effort.

Boston will make at least one lineup change, as head coach Bruce Cassidy indicated that veteran David Backes will play in Game 2. Attack when you have the chance. Babcock said. "We know every series is going to be ultra-competitive".

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.

"As a kid I just always stirred it up like that and always thought it tastes better", said the 21-year-old.

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.

There would be no repeat on this night.

The Bruins came out of the gate with a objective, bludgeoning every Toronto player in sight and building a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes inside an electric TD Garden.

The Bruins continued to push the physical side, much to the delight of the boisterous Boston crowd.

Unfortunately, it doesn't help the Leafs when the Bruins are able to get away with plays what should be called for penalties.

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.

"It's time for f-ing Auston Matthews to wake up", Avery said. "We weathered the storm as well as we could".

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin had an especially tough time in that opening period.

DeBrusk didn't play another shift and commented about the hit after the contest.

Kadri returned in the third period and scored Toronto's lone goal.

Every Leafs line had trouble with every Bruins group they saw. Obviously Kadri stayed down.

"That f-ing hit DeBrusk just threw on Patrick Marleau in the Leafs-Bruins game was a dirty f-ing hit", Avery said in a series of videos posted to his Instagram story. Luckily they have the next two games at home to get the matchup they want but a Kadri's status could impact that. "Whatever the circumstances are, we believe in the guys in our locker room".

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