Bruins defeat Leafs 4-1 to even up first round playoff series

Mike Augello - Boston to step up physical play in Game 2; Leafs vs. Bruins

Though Marleau was fine, Kadri immediately jumped in to retaliate against DeBrusk and cross-checked him in the face.

With six minutes remaining in what was a rough Game 2 of the first-round series between the clubs, Kadri took exception to DeBrusk's hard hit on Patrick Marleau. Boston had no answer for that as well as for Mitch Marner - who scored two goals - and John Tavares, who not only scored, but gave the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-David Pastrnak fits for the final two periods of play en route to a 4-1 win and 1-0 series lead. Game 3 is Monday in Toronto. The hit knocked DeBrusk to the ice and the Bruins forward did not return to the game. "I didn't see it and haven't reviewed it because it was down the wall from us". He declined to speak about the Kadri cross-check.

Jordan Binnington made 26 saves for St. Louis, becoming the second goalie in franchise history to win his first two playoff games. The Maple Leafs went on to lose that series in seven games. That hit bore a strong resemblance to that of Kucherov and was met with harsh discipline from NHL Player Safety. He got in a fight, scored a goal, suffered what appeared to be a devastating injury, made a sudden recovery, and committed a high-sticking penalty that will certainly earn him a suspension.

After the hit on Wingels in last year's playoffs, Kadri spoke to reporters and defended the play.

For a few good reasons, I get asked a lot of questions about the Toronto Maple Leafs, primarily from Leafs fans. "If he's still standing up, there isn't anything wrong on that, but he fell".

Nazem Kadri, who could be facing another suspension after crosschecking Jake DeBrusk in the head late in the third following a three-game ban in last spring's series against the Bruins, replied for Toronto.

"It was kind of in a blind spot for us on the bench", winger Zach Hyman said. Midway through the first period, the two got tangled up when DeBrusk tried to poke the puck away from Kadri along the boards.

Kadri was briefly injured on a separate play late in the second period after he took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk.

Kadri went airborne before collapsing to the ice. No penalty was called on the play.

"Right when it happened, just judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great, but I haven't watched the replay", added defenseman Morgan Rielly. I'm just hoping they come back negative.

Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean". Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads. "Kadri stayed down. That's his prerogative". "I don't think you can let that creep into this room".

At the other end, Tuukka Rask faced 31 shots, and his shutout bid was gone at 10:44 of the third period when Kadri deflected a Travis Dermott shot into the net.

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