Is Nazem Kadri the Next Tom Wilson?

Rex Christensen
April 15, 2019

The NHL has offered Kadri an in-person hearing with the department of player safety, which may indicate a lengthy suspension. Kadri was suspended three games during last year's Round 1 series; will he involuntarily take a seat again?

Kadri was ejected from Saturday's Game 2 after delivering a nasty cross-check to the face of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, who had just finished his check on Patrick Marleau.

Hits were flying, the referees largely put their whistles away and it got ugly late, especially from a Toronto perspective, after Nazem Kadri levelled Jake DeBrusk with a vicious cross-check to the face with six minutes left in the third.

DeBrusk said he underwent tests after the game and is still waiting for the results.

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

The Leafs lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 following a 4-1 win at TD Garden on Thursday night.

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.

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"We feel good about our team".

Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been paying close attention to some of the eyebrow-raising results early in the National Hockey League playoffs.

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

"It's time for f-ing Auston Matthews to wake up", Avery said.

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. 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. "I thought they played harder than we did, I thought we played harder than them (in Game 1)".

Boston hit everything in sight, jumping out to 3-0 lead in the second period before Kadri scored midway through the third, about four minutes before his cross-check on DeBrusk. In the second period, DeBrusk collided with Kadri in what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit. Kadri is a repeat offender and obviously hasn't learned his lesson.

Before five minutes had elapsed, the Bruins scored off a tenacious forecheck when David Backes, a healthy scratch for Game 1, centred to Charlie Coyle, who beat Frederik Andersen at 4:44. I think you'll like his answer. This should also be a wake up call for the rest of the players in this series. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads. I got no comment.

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