Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of Bruins series

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

The most interesting game on Monday night is between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs. And Andreas Johnsson replaced Kadri on the first power-play unit and finished with a goal and an assist.

David Krejci and Charlie Coyle replied for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots in front of a crowd of 19,611.

The 4-1 win represented another milestone for the more superstitious type, breaking what some describe as a "curse" that strikes the Leafs in a very specific scenario: namely, having four goals and a lead on Boston in the third period at TD Garden.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the First Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs for cross-checking Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk during Game 2 of the teams' series in Boston on Saturday, April 13, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today. He found the puck in the high slot and beat Andersen high.

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.

The Leafs won a battle against the Bruins, earning a 3-2 victory to regain the series lead.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. You have to own your play, you have to own your discipline, you have to own what's going on.

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The Maple Leafs meanwhile perhaps deserved a much better fate in their Game 2 loss to the Bruins as they had some ugly goals given up but at no fault to Frederik Andersen who was absolutely spectacular in the Maple Leafs crease. It would stink, it would be worthy of criticism, but you move on and bring him back next season without thinking twice about it. However, a player that could receive six or more games is offered an in-person hearing with the DPOS.

NBC Sports Washington analyst Alan May said prior to Game 3 that the play was unsafe and should be one that's kept out of the league, and therefore, the punishment should have been more severe. 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.

After a 4-1 Game 1 victory, the Maple Leafs looked to be the team in control of this series with the Bruins, the team that broke their hearts in a seven-game series last season. He received a three-game suspension during last year's playoffs - against the Boston Bruins as well. Bruins defenceman Connor Clifton sat out with an undisclosed injury, while winger Marcus Johansson missed a second consecutive game with an illness.

"That first 10 minutes, they were physical, tried to make a statement", Leafs centre Auston Matthews said.

Especially since those hockey talents make him so valuable that the Maple Leafs cannot afford to lose him when he inevitably does resort to those shenanigans that get him removed from the lineup.

If Babcock can trust Kadri - who is under contract through the 2021-22 season with an annual average salary of $4.5-million U.S. - we aren't sure how.

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