Controversial Maple Leafs' forward suspended for remainder of first round

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

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. Things won't come easy for the Bruins in this one though as they have struggled to find a way to win in recent trips to Toronto as they are 2-7 in their last 9 trips to the Ontario capital and they are just 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as an underdog which are two trends favoring the Buds in this one.

The Boston Bruins tied the Calgary Flames for the 2nd most points in the league this year, but they did not play well down the stretch and they went out and lost game one on their home ice by a score of 4-1. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots, while Marchand added an assist.

Kadri and DeBrusk have developed something of a personal rivalry over the course of this young series, with the two getting tangled up Game 1 and exchanging words from their respective benches.

Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri was suspended for the rest of Toronto's first round series against the Bruins on Monday, the National Hockey League announced.

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If Mike Babcock had made a decision to award the opportunity by merit, it likely wouldn't have been Johnsson stepping in Kadri's pivot role on the power play he helped unlock after an 0-for-4 start.

"The only problem with Kadri's hit [on DeBrusk] is he didn't take the top f-ing row of DeBrusk's teeth out", Avery said. So it was Monday night with the Leafs' fourth line of Frederik (The Goat) Gauthier, Moore and Tyler Ennis, who dressed for his first game of the playoffs in place of Kadri.

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

"Just a team effort", Rielly said. It would stink, it would be worthy of criticism, but you move on and bring him back next season without thinking twice about it. According to the NHL and NHL Players Association's collective bargaining agreement, a player has the right to an in-person hearing if facing a possible suspension of six or more contests. Kadri was suspended three games.

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

Kadri was given a cross-checking penalty and ejected with a game misconduct.

That cannot happen, not only because it is a frightful way to play the game, but also because the Maple Leafs need him.

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This is the third straight spring the Leafs have qualified for the playoffs and they are attempting to capture the franchise's first series win since 2004. He had missed 14 games from his previous four bans. In his career, he has gone 17-9 with a 2.13 GAA against the Maple Leafs (Reg Sea) and 36-31 with a 2.24 GAA in the postseason. Heck of a play by John Tavares on the Leafs' third goal, drawing the attention Bruins defencemen Brandon Carlo and Steven Kampfer behind the net before feeding Andreas Johnsson with a no-look pass.

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