Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kadri suspended for remainder of 1st round for cross-check on DeBrusk

Kadri suspended for remainder of 1st round for cross-check on DeBrusk

And Andreas Johnsson replaced Kadri on the first power-play unit and finished with a goal and an assist.

Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 to put a bow on Boston's victory as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 - likely without Kadri.

Grabbing the win in game two was Tuukka Rask, who stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he faced.

The Leafs downed the Bruins 4-1 in the Wednesday's opener at TD Garden before falling by the same score on Saturday. All four games are lined pretty tight and there's a different feel to these series than the ones that were played last night.

Mike Babcock is ready to forge on without Nazem Kadri. The league settled on three to five games.

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.

Promoted to the first power-play unit because of Kadri's suspension, Johnsson made it 3-1 with his first-career playoff goal with 2:48 left in the period when he roofed a backhand over Rask after a nice feed from Tavares as Toronto connected for a second time on the man advantage after going 0 for 4 in the first two games.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. For his efforts, Kadri was assessed a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct.

That cannot happen, not only because it is a frightful way to play the game, but also because the Maple Leafs need him. Johnsson's heads-up pass helped result in Auston Matthews' first point of the series, coming when Johnsson set up Matthews for a goal a mere 12 seconds after David Backes started serving a high-sticking minor ... However, a player that could receive six or more games is offered an in-person hearing with the DPOS. This is Kadri's second playoff suspension in as many years, with last year's taking place in the first round as well. You have to own your play, you have to own your discipline, you have to own what's going on.

After an impressive show in Game 1, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't hesitate to express their disappointment following a poorly played and atrociously officiated 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. William Nylander took Kadri's spot as the third-line centre, with winger Connor Brown moving up from the third line to take Nylander's spot and Tyler Ennis joining the fourth line. That means a maximum five-game ban for Kadri. His inability to control his emotions may have prevented him from playing that role, and may ultimately provide him a one-way ticket out of town. The fact that DeBrusk has been able to lure Kadri into a smashmouth competition is laughable.

National Hockey League first-round playoff action on Monday evening and a pair of teams from the Atlantic Division will square off as the Boston Bruins tangle with the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario.

The Leafs are looking at life without him, as they'll need to find a way to finally defeat the Bruins without one of their most important forwards in the lineup.

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