It takes two to tangle for Nazem Kadri and Jake DeBrusk

Ross Houston
April 14, 2019

Kadri took his stick in both hands and planted the bar into DeBrusk's face.

The two forwards got into it multiple times during Boston's 4-1 win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series at TD Garden. After Bruins youngster Karson Kuhlman's missed shot on goal, Kadri went in for a cross-check that left DeBrusk on the ground holding his head. The hit knocked DeBrusk to the ice and the Bruins forward did not return to the game. "They did it every game last series (won in seven games by the Bruins last spring) and we found a way through". I feel like we're right there.

DeBrusk said postgame he underwent a series of tests after leaving the game and is waiting for the results before he learns if he can play Monday in Game 3. He declined to speak about the Kadri cross-check. If Kadri is unavailable, Babcock said his two options for a replacement center will be his linemates Patrick Marleau and William Nylander.

What did you think of the Kadri play? With just over nine minutes remaining, he notched the Leafs' lone goal of the game with a deflection. That hit bore a strong resemblance to that of Kucherov and was met with harsh discipline from NHL Player Safety.

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. Luckily they have the next two games at home to get the matchup they want but a Kadri's status could impact that.

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.

"I don't get that surprised at playoff time", insisted Mike Babcock when asked in the morning specifically about the Blue Jackets putting No. 1 seed Tampa Bay on the ropes. "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing after being ejected from Saturday's game for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk.

"It's all kind of blur, to be honest", said DeBrusk. As Kadri exited the penalty box and attempted to rejoin play, DeBrusk appeared to try to lay a body check on the Leafs' center but instead hit him knee-on-knee. Kadri was down on the ice for several minutes, and had to exit the game. Each player received a roughing penalty for the scuffle.

"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.

"I'm not sure there is an answer", Kadri said regarding how to stop Marner. 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. "Kadri stayed down. That's his prerogative".

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