Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit

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Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit

The Bruins and Leafs are now tied 1-1 in their opening round series. Kadri and John Tavares were denied on a Leafs' power play, and Zach Hyman hit the post as the visitors tried to respond. "That's one of those unwritten rule hits that you don't throw, especially to a guy that's played 20 f-ing years in the National Hockey League".

Kadri was given a cross-checking penalty and ejected with a game misconduct.

Kadri has been offered a hearing from the league's Department of Player Safety following a cross-check he delivered to the face of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the final minutes of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston.

The Bruins are expected to change their approach after the Leafs used speed, skill and stretch passes to take the series lead, and will likely try to step up their forechecking and hitting, but head coach Mike Babcock is also looking for his club to improve on their Game 1 performance. No penalty was called.

Shortly after the game, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Kadri will have an in-person hearing for his actions, which led to a 5-minute major penalty in the third period Saturday night.

Inserted into the lineup after getting healthy scratched for Game 1, veteran winger David Backes was first to a loose puck behind Toronto's net after a Nikita Zaitsev turnover before feeding Coyle in front to bury a shot past Andersen at 4:44.

Considering Kadri's suspension history, including when he was suspended for three games in the opening round against the Bruins last spring, a lengthy forced sit-down from the league could be on the way.

And DeBrusk and Kadri collided later in the period.

With that in mind, he wants to see more aggression from the Maple Leafs as the series shifts to Toronto. Status as a repeat offender is taken into account on disciplinary decisions, and the 28-year-old has already been suspended or fined seven previous times for various hits, gestures, and attempts at embellishment.

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

Late in the second period, with the Leafs trailing 3-0, Kadri got penalized for hooking.

"Judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great", Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said". "I mean that's his prerogative when you get hit". "So the way I look at it is we can't worry about that now, just have to move on".

Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean".

Kadri returned in the third period and scored Toronto's lone goal.

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