ALL SQUARE: Maple Leafs come apart, lose Game 2 to Bruins

ALL SQUARE: Maple Leafs come apart, lose Game 2 to Bruins

Kadri left the penalty box, zoomed into the play, stole the puck from David Krecji.and skated right into Jake DeBrusk, whom Kadri had fought in the first period.

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.

The Nazem Kadri issue aside, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock has enough on his plate heading into Game 3.

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced a few minutes after midnight via Twitter that Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing, with date and time to be determined. None of them offered positive news for Kadri and the Leafs.

He'll take that meeting in NY on Monday, which obviously will keep him out of Game 3 that night in Toronto. "Any time you do, you leave decisions in someone else's hands and it's not within your control".

"In the end, you can't let that get in the way of what you're doing. You've just got to find another level to dig in". Just a year ago, Kadri earned himself a three-game suspension for boarding then-Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1 of the clubs' first-round playoff series. This would be the fifth time in his career that he's been suspended for an illegal check and the eighth time he's faced discipline from the league - he's been fined three times. He's also been fined on three occasions - twice for diving/embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture - making this the eighth instance where he's been tapped on the shoulder by the National Hockey League to explain himself.

Kadri was not made available after the game.

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Babcock's options as replacements for his third-line centre include Marleau and William Nylander, but neither scenario is ideal.

"Naz is a crucial part of our team", Tavares said. We've got to match that intensity.

The Bruins beat Toronto in Game 2 to even up their best-of-seven series at one game apiece.

The hit by Debrusk on Marleau was hard hit, but a player shouldn't have to worry about being cross checked in the face after making a play.

"We just want to play the same game", he said. "It's our turn to come out with a push". The referees, the way they reffed the game - let a lot of stuff go, obviously.

Boston outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the first two games of the 2018 series, with Kadri driving the head of a vulnerable Wingels into the boards late in the opener after he hit Mitch Marner up high.

"I thought it was clean, looking back on it, shoulder to shoulder", Cassidy said.

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