Nazem Kadri suspended remainder of first round for vicious cross-check

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

Toronto will play Boston at home in Game 3 Monday, and DeBrusk will be in the lineup. And Andreas Johnsson replaced Kadri on the first power-play unit and finished with a goal and an assist. Frederik Andersen played another incredible game, but his efforts were wasted by another poor effort from his team.

The Leafs' lead didn't last long, as Bruins centre David Krejci netted his first of the playoffs at the 3:30 mark to tie it up.

The Bruins are 5-2 in their last 7 meetings with the Maple Leafs and 15-5 in their last 20 games following a win while the home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these sides. The coach explained in post-game press conference that the detail in Johnsson's approach was lost through Games 1 and 2 in Boston, and that his play had suffered for it.

The combination of getting manhandled by the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of their playoff series, and the loss of Nazem Kadri to a suspension for the rest of the first round, had a lot of people writing off the Toronto Maple Leafs. "You've just got to find another level to dig in".

Mike Babcock is ready to forge on without Nazem Kadri.

The Bruins, probably mindful of a potential crackdown by the referees after the mayhem from Kadri, DeBrusk and many others in Game 2, did not come quite as hard as they did in winning that game 4-1.

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. That's good for hockey, it's good for the Bruins and it may even be good for the Toronto Maple Leafs, because clearly Kadri playing against this particular team and this particular player brings out the worst in him.

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"That's what you've got to do to win", said Babcock. You've got to own your play, you've got to own your discipline, you've got to own what's going on for you.

Boston outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the first two games of the 2018 series, with Kadri driving the head of a vulnerable Wingels into the boards late in the opener after he hit Mitch Marner up high.

That cannot happen, not only because it is a disgusting way to play the game, but also because the Maple Leafs need him.

The NHL, if it so decides, could levy a suspension of six games or more considering the hearing is not being done by phone. You can see where the emotions got to him, sticking up for a teammate.

For those who fear the loss of Nazem Kadri puts the series in jeopardy, remember that Kadri was suspended previous year in Game 1, and a team without John Tavares at centre still managed to keep themselves in the competition without him.

William Nylander slid over from the wing to take Kadri's place on Toronto's third line behind between Patrick Marleau and Connor Brown. They have not appeared in the Stanley Cup since 1967.

The Bruins, though, as they would later in the period when the Leafs took a two-goal lead, fought back quickly to score.

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