Last night, Maple Leafs’ forward Nazem Kadri made a dangerous cross check on Boston Bruins’ forward Jake DeBrusk. This hit resulted in a 5 minute major and ejection from the game. This isn’t the first time Kadri has done something like this. He also had a head shot in last year’s game 1 against the Bruins where he hit Tommy Wingels in the head while he was already down.
Kadri’s hit on DeBrusk isn’t excusable. He has to learn how to control his emotions. In his defense however, these 2 hits happened after one of his teammates get hit dirty by one of the Bruins. In last year’s case, it was Marner being sandwiched by 2 Bruins. This year it was DeBrusk hitting Patrick Marleau high into the glass corner of the Bruins bench.
I think Kadri’s hit isn’t justifiable, he could have handled the situation better.
However, was there really anything else he could have done if the refs of that game were atrociously officiating that game? The refs missed multiple calls, even obvious ones like when Dermott was elbowed and left bloodied from DeBrusk, or when DeBrusk went knee to knee with Kadri. The knee to knee should’ve been a 5 minute major and ejection, as DeBrusk stuck out his leg and intentionally hit him.
In NHL Rule 44.1, it says that a player or goalie cannot clip (knee on knee) an opposing player in any matter.
DeBrusk violated this rule and the refs didn’t call it.
NHL Rule 44.3 says if the opposing player had been injured from the clipping, the instigator will receive a 5 minute major and ejection from the game.
Which obviously did not happen.
After game 2, Kadri was offered a in-person hearing with the NHL Player Safety. He will be booked with a suspension most likely. The amount is expected to be 5 or 6 games as this hit looks to be worse than last year and he is a repeating offender.
Game 2 is now a foggy memory for most Leafs fans who aren’t stuck in the past. The Leafs look to take a 2-1 series lead over the Bruins in Toronto on Monday night. Leafs have their next 3 out of 4 games at home.
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