Leafs' Kadri offered in-person hearing for cross-checking Bruins' DeBrusk


Kadri and DeBrusk have developed something of a personal rivalry over the course of this young series, with the two getting tangled up Game 1 and exchanging words from their respective benches.

Kadri caught Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk with a cross-check to the head with around six minutes remaining in the third period of Game 2.

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 Mitch Marner led and offensive surge with two goals. Game 3 is Monday at SBA ...

Kadri broke Rask's shutout bid on a deflection at 10:44, but in a moment of madness cross-checked DeBrusk after the Bruins winger hit Patrick Marleau into the curved glass at the end of the bench. Jake DeBrusk did not practice on Wednesday after getting banged around on Thursday, but the sophomore winger took the morning skate on Saturday and will be a game-time decision.

"It looked like a cross-check to the face", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. I feel like we're right there. He declined to speak about the Kadri cross-check.

"Down the road those experiences, those championship teams, are the ones who can close out games in the second and third period", Kadri said.

"For the most part, we've played two pretty solid games", Winnipeg center Adam Lowry said after the Jets fell 4-3 on Friday night.

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.

Pittsburgh, sixth in the NHL in scoring during the season, has scored four times on 76 shots against an Islanders team that allowed the fewest goals in the league.

"I certainly wasn't trying to hit him while he was down like that".

"I don't get surprised at playoff time", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said. "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".

The NHL's department of player safety tweeted early Sunday that Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing, meaning he could be suspended for more than five games.

"It's all kind of blur, to be honest", said DeBrusk, who seemed noticeably foggy and could only remember that he felt Kadri's hit high and in his face.

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

Kadri was assessed a hooking penalty late in the period, and as he raced to get back in the play, grabbed the puck and took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk.

Nazem Kadri leaves the ice after being ejected during the third period of Game 2. There was no penalty on the play.

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

What did I think about the Kadri play? Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads.