Maple Leafs shuffle lineup for Game 3 without Kadri

Maple Leafs shuffle lineup for Game 3 without Kadri

Maple Leafs shuffle lineup for Game 3 without Kadri

Kadri was set to have an in-person hearing with the NHL's department of player safety Monday afternoon in NY to answer for his cross-check to the head of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the third period of Boston's 4-1 victory in Game 2 that tied the series 1-1.

The Leafs, who lost to the Bruins in seven games in both 2013 and last spring, could do nothing with a power play that stretched between the first and second periods before Andersen made two more big stops on DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman. What appears certain is Kadri will again be playing the role of spectator for a lengthy period. "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".

"Naz is a crucial part of our team", Tavares said. "One of our (strengths) is depth through the middle".

"It is what it is and you have to play within the game. So the way I look at it is we can't worry about that now, just have to move on". He received a three-game suspension during last year's playoffs - against the Boston Bruins as well.

The Leafs didn't practise on Sunday, taking the day to catch their collective breath after getting beaten soundly hours earlier.

The refereeing of Brad Meier and Trevor Hanson in Game 2 wasn't exactly brilliant, for either the Leafs or the Bruins, and Babcock had an interesting answer when asked whether he was surprised with what was not called during the game.

There are some who have been speculating about Mike Babcock's future as the Maple Leafs head coach if they were to have another first-round exit. They just need to hold on to it, but it will not be easy as the Bruins are one of the best teams in the league. They're trying to advance (in the playoffs). "There's a rulebook, but they're all judgment calls, right? Then, for precaution reasons, I wasn't able to come back". "It's just we got to do as best we can at controlling the emotion and just focusing on what really matters and that's play between the whistles".

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.

We're really at a cross roads here, is Nazem Kadri the Next Tom Wilson?

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.

During the second period, Kadri was shaken up by a knee-to-knee collision with Jake DeBrusk.

"I'm not too sure how it will affect the series, time will tell on that", DeBrusk said. "There is nothing I can do about it now. No matter what the distractions were off the ice, we agreed as a group we'd keep it internally and I think that helps, especially when things get out of hand". "The initial reaction - never had something like that happen before so obviously you're always anxious, but, lucky enough, when I got back to the room I checked all the points on the checklist and felt good enough". 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.

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