Kadri to have hearing for actions in Maple Leafs game against Bruins

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Leafs' Kadri could face suspension for high hit

After pinpointing puck management as the key issue in Game 1, Cassidy emphasized puck control and physicality as the two biggest points heading into the Game 2 - and he also dished out a flawless pre-game motto for the team.

DeBrusk didn't play another shift and commented about the hit after the contest. "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".

There was the on-ice wrestling match that ended with the Toronto Maple Leafs centre getting punched in the face by Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

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. But Saturday's games included three overtime winners in Washington, Nashville and Calgary, and a reversal of fortunes in Boston.

"But obviously the refs had their whistle up their ass or they were too f-ing slow and were two lines behind the play, so they didn't see it so they couldn't have called it".

Under NHL rules, the in-person hearing gives the league the option to suspend Kadri for six or more games.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri could be facing yet another postseason suspension.

Kadri, who was suspended three games for boarding in last year's series, got a five-minute major and game misconduct for crossching DeBrusk in the head after the Bruins winger hit Patrick Marleau into the curved glass at the end of the Bruins' bench.

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Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory. He might not have a choice if Kadri is suspended.

This time around, the Leafs have Auston Matthews and John Tavares down the middle ahead of Kadri.

Kadri was assessed a hooking penalty late in the period, and as he raced to get back in the play, grabbed the puck and took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk.

"Judging by the way Naz went down, it didn't seem great", Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly said". I got no comment.

"They came out, they played well, and they do that every single time", Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said.

Said Cassidy: "I thought it was clean".

But the Flames responded when Rasmus Andersson scored his first career playoff goal and Sean Monahan scored late in the third period, and the game looked like it was over.

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