Controversial Maple Leafs' forward suspended for remainder of first round

2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri may face another postseason suspension, this time for cross-check

Kadri is a repeat offender and obviously hasn't learned his lesson.

The NHL suspended Kadri for the remainder of the first-round series between Toronto and Boston after his cross-check to the face of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 on Saturday. Kadri skated over to DeBrusk and hit the Bruins forward in the head with his stick.

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.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to do without Nazem Kadri for the rest of their first-round playoff series with the Boston Bruins. Kadri cross-checked DeBrusk in the third period after a series of physical exchanges throughout the game, earning himself a five-minute major and a game misconduct. It's time for the NHL Department of Player safety to make it hurt. However, a player that could receive six or more games is offered an in-person hearing with the DPOS.

That session is set for Monday in NY, just hours before the Leafs and Bruins are scheduled to renew hostilities in Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena.

Leafs head coach Mike Babcock switched up his top two lines and mixed his defence pairings looking for a spark.

Matthews got his chance midway through the second period when Bruins forward David Backes was called for high-sticking.

Kadri is a player who will stand up, he can get the fire going, but he can also be a hindrance. "In the end, Naz has someone else making a decision whether he's playing or not".

Barely a year ago, the centre sat out three games of the Leafs' series against Boston after charging into an already down Tommy Wingels.

The 28-year-old Kadri has now been suspended five times in his career. He's also been fined on three occasions - twice for diving/embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture - making this the eighth instance where he's been tapped on the shoulder by the National Hockey League to explain himself.

William Nylander slid over from the wing to take Kadri's place on Toronto's third line behind between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown. "We've got to regroup and get ready to play". "It's just [like] he's injured - move on". DeBrusk and Kadri went off for roughing after wrestling on the ice, although the latter did little to warrant a penalty, save for getting punched in the face. "It's our turn to come out with a push".

The decision was determined after a lengthy hearing in NY, which both Kadri and Leafs president Brendan Shanahan attended. The Buds will be fired up in this one after the way Game 2 ended and I think we finally see Auston Matthews for the first time in these playoffs as Toronto retakes the series lead.

Kadri has the right to appeal through the NHL Players' Association to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. "It's real simple, the team that played the hardest won Game 1, and the team that played the hardest won Game 2". As a bonus, they showed that they can at least slow the deadly line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, as that trio was unable to generate a single point on Monday.

But the tables turned Saturday as the home side came out flying before a raucous crowd as the Bruins took away the Leafs' time and space in the neutral zone. It's nothing that we hadn't talked about or prepared for. "We made a couple of key mistakes early".

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