The retired National Hockey League winger and notorious on-ice instigator weighed in on Saturday night's incident involving Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk. The B's turned that power play into a goal and happily obliged to the Leafs' undisciplined play, tying the series at one with their own 4-1 victory. Kadri needs to have the book thrown at him. Kadri has an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety which means he can be suspended for five or more games.
"We're in a best of five now, we've got to dig in". Kadri was able to return in the third period, and actually scored Toronto's only goal, but was ejected after an ugly, high hit on DeBrusk.
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.
But Nazem Kadri was not there to experience it, awaiting what's expected to be a multi-game suspension after his hearing in New York Monday afternoon.
"I don't think he tried to hit him in the head or anything", the defenceman said.
During the second period, Kadri was shaken up by a knee-to-knee collision with Jake DeBrusk. Should there have been a penalty?
All hell is breaking loose in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He was fourth on the Bruins during the regular season with 27 goals.
After averaging 17:32 of ice time per game in last year's series, Matthews has been over 20 minutes in both games this year.
"Every game you go into is going to be reffed differently", Hyman said.
After a highly contested Game 2, @Matt_Grzelcyk5 discusses keeping the intensity up for the remainder of the series: "It was obviously really intense". It was an overreaction by Kadri.
It was clear the Bruins were going to try and dominate right off the start and you say them crashing and banging any player in a white jersey. "I got no comment on that".
Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean". "Looking back on it, shoulder-to-shoulder".
Mike Babcock speaks with the media following tonight's game. "So the way I look at it is we can't worry about that now, just have to move on".
"It was a physical game".
"We knew they were going to come hard", Toronto centre John Tavares said. In the end, you can't let that get in the way of what you're doing.
If Babcock can trust Kadri - who is under contract through the 2021-22 season with an annual average salary of $4.5-million United States - we aren't sure how. Boston realized they needed to force the Leafs to move the puck quickly by pressuring them physically and Toronto didn't make the necessary adjustment. No penalty was called on the play.
Here's Kadri's suspension history. Kadri is starting to get quite a rap sheet.
This, of course, comes after Kadri was suspended for three games in the first round against the Bruins a year ago after he hit Boston forward Tommy Wingels along the boards in Game 1.
Officiating - Chris Rooney and Kyle Rehman will work Monday's game - was a hot topic in the morning.
April 09, 2016 Missed the last 4 regular season games (suspended by nhl).
Nov 20, 2013 Missed 3 games (suspended by nhl).