Stanley Cup 2019: Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri facing suspension

Stanley Cup 2019: Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri facing suspension

Auston Matthews scored his first goal of the playoffs and set up another as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Boston evened the series in Game 2 Saturday night at TD Garden with a 4-1 win, but were not able to keep the momentum going in Toronto.

That allowed Charlie Coyle to get one back for Boston just 37.3 seconds before the second intermission.

"Their intensity was at a different level", said Toronto head coach Mike Babcock, whose team won the opener by the same 4-1 score. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Toronto.

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the first round for his cross-check to the face of Boston Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 of the teams' first-round series, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced after an in-person hearing Monday. Krejci got a goal easier than he should have when both Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen failed to cover the slot when Rielly was knocked off the puck at the end boards. The league settled on three to five games.

The Bruins, probably mindful of a potential crackdown by the referees after the mayhem from Kadri, DeBrusk and many others in Game 2, did not come quite as hard as they did in winning that game 4-1.

In the Leafs' enthralling 3-2 victory against the Boston Bruins in Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena, a win that was earned by each and every Leaf, Rielly was a stalwart.

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That session is set for Monday in NY, just hours before the Leafs and Bruins are scheduled to renew hostilities in Game 3 at Scotiabank Arena. He had a goal and an assist in the first two games of the postseason. Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, who had a running feud going with Kadri in the first two games, was booed each time he touched the puck.

Babcock's options as replacements for his third-line centre include Marleau and William Nylander, but neither scenario is ideal. He took four of their five penalties in Game 2 and will be suspended again. With Nazem Kadri out, Ennis was inserted in the lineup and performed with the kind of energy one would expect from a player who was a healthy scratch in the first two games ...

In the last six minutes of the third period, DeBrusk delivered a hit to Patrick Marleau, and in retaliation, Kadri returned a check, bringing up his stick and hands and hitting DeBrusk up high, sending him to the ice. They're trying to advance (in the playoffs). "When you see your teammate do something like that you're more likely to do it yourself". Bruins defenceman Connor Clifton sat out with an undisclosed injury, while winger Marcus Johansson missed a second consecutive game with an illness.

The Leafs will be dealing with a financial crunch as they look to tie up a number of potential free agents, most notably foward Mitch Marner, whose extension could equal or surpass Matthews' recent five-year, $52.17-million (U.S.) deal.

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.

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