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SportsRosie DiManno: At least Kadri fought back on night to forget for Leafs in Beantown

09:15  14 april  2019
09:15  14 april  2019 Source:   thestar.com

Kadri faces five-game suspension, maybe more

Kadri faces five-game suspension, maybe more Anyone who has followed Nazem Kadri’s career can’t be surprised where things stand. Kadri has a hearing with the NHL’s department of player safety after cross-checking Boston’s Jake DeBrusk in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 win in Game 2 of their Stanley Cup opening-round playoff series. That means Kadri likely faces a five-game suspension, and possibly more. He’s a repeat offender with a history of targeting an opponent’s head. Kadri was suspended for three games last year after a hit to Tommy Wingels in the playoffs against Boston. Kadri didn’t speak to the media after Game 2.

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Opinion | Rosie DiManno : Reminder to Maple Leafs fans after Game 1 drubbing: it’s been worse. Leaf Nazem Kadri pleads his case after knocking Boston’s Tommy Wingels out of Game 1 with a hit along Kadri was raised by his father to play and live fearlessly, to never back down, to fight back .

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Rosie DiManno: At least Kadri fought back on night to forget for Leafs in Beantown© Mary Schwalm Leaf Nazem Kadri’s night was done after a third-period crosscheck to the head of the Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk in Saturday night’s Game 1 in Boston.

BOSTON—Body and soul. And maybe out of his mind.

That was Nazem Kadri, both combatant and casualty in the fiasco that was Game 2 for the Maple Leafs.

Ended the 4-1 night out of sight, hustled off trailing a five-minute charging major and a game misconduct, and in his absence the Bruins beat Freddie Andersen one last time.

History repeats itself as Leafs' Kadri loses cool against Bruins

History repeats itself as Leafs' Kadri loses cool against Bruins Nazem Kadri was suspended three games last playoffs for an illegal hit. One year later, on those same sideboards, the Maple Leafs centre is facing another ban after cross-checking Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in the face.

Rosie DiManno (born c. 1956) is a Canadian journalist who has worked at the Toronto Star since beginning her career in 1975. In 2012 the Canadian Olympic Committee honored DiManno for covering over 10 Olympic games. Dimanno was born in Toronto to Italian immigrants.

Back -to- back losses for the first time in 2017-2018, three out of their last four. A bit of the Leaf luster is gone. And sometimes, on a good night , when you feel like you’re flying, you try to lead by, oh, scoring a couple of The compete level, at least , was clearly improved. “Way better,” said Kadri .

That lonely 1 a late third-period deflection by Kadri past Tuukka Rask. A tiny dollop of: Bite me.

But at least Kadri brung it. Which is more than can be said for most of his timorous teammates on what became, in the playoff annals of these two teams, another Calamity on Causeway.

Savoured by a leather-lung crowd at the TD Garden. Now there’s the raucous ’n’ rollicking Boston sports citizenry we know and love.

Quietened in Game 1, awakened in Game 2.

Ravenous in the stands, the throng; ravaging on the ice, the Bruins.

Particularly intent, it would seem, on bashing the bejeezus out of Kadri. Oh, he was in their crosshairs all right.

Andersen for the derision — ANDUHSEN! ANDUHSEN! ANDUHSEN! Kadri for the stalking, in a city that likes its hockey raw and bloody. As the Bruins apparently intended to skin the Leafs, raw and bloody, on a Saturday night.

Rosie DiManno: Without Kadri, Leafs focus on what they can control

Rosie DiManno: Without Kadri, Leafs focus on what they can control Every Leaf not named Nazem Kadri should have slouched out of Boston abashed. Actually, add Freddie Andersen to the unshamed manifest. Not much the Toronto ’minder could do when the Bruins laid waste to everything around him on Saturday — with an own goal by a teammate cranking up the score to boot. Hey Willy, got yourself a real wanker there. But it is Kadri’s head many want on a spike, on top of whatever suspension is meted out for his cross-check to the head/face/neck of Jake DeBrusk.

At least Kadri had a pulse, some lead in his pencil, in coming to the defence of a teammate.) “Number one, it’s probably good for us,” he said Friday. “If you played like we did last night , you deserve a little Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs.

Leafs continue to play spoiler against some of NHL’s top teams. After Jonathan Huberdeau tied it early in the second, Kadri restored the lead on a power play, reaching around for a huge popping rebound surrendered by But they’ve got some pushback, these Leafs ; a little lead in their pencils.

Such was the ferocity with which the B’s exploded from the drop of the puck, clearly intending to impose their style on the speedy but foppish hockey aesthetes from Toronto.

David Backes, inserted into the lineup after he was press-boxed on Thursday, slammed into three Leafs on his first shift. Then set up Boston’s opening goal salvo, off a turnover behind the Toronto net, Nikita Zaitsev unable to trap the puck dead and D-partner Jake Muzzin — the duo that earned garlands and pearls for their yeoman Game 1 effort — missed coverage on his man in front, hence Backes to Charlie Coyle.

A goal scored on Boston’s sixth consecutive shot on Andersen. During a 9-1 barrage within the first six minutes.

“He’s a big body,’’ Kadri had said of Backes earlier in the day, when the Leafs still had dewy thoughts perhaps of what might lie ahead, nothing they couldn’t handle. “Just got to be aware of what he does. He likes to play physical. We’ve got to use our speed.”

Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended rest of first round

Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended rest of first round Maple Leafs centre Nazem Kadri suspended rest of first round

Nazem Kadri , for one, still brings the moxie. Or at least he’s braced for the provocation when targeted. It surely would not befit Kadri well to cast him back into a mixed bag of wingers such as Connor Brown Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs.

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Kadri, who was force-marched to the penalty box in the first period, apparently for the crime of taking Jake DeBrusk’s gloved fist in his face. Dueling minors, awfully punitive for Kadri, quickly dumped on his knees in the “roughing” scuffle along the boards.

Who knows what had triggered DeBrusk’s ire? Maybe Kadri was chirping at him in close quarters. The primary Toronto antagonist – that’s his game, getting up the opposition’s nose – had said earlier that he totally expected the Bruins would use every trick in the book to knock the Leafs off their preferred style of game. And he was locked ’n’ loaded to harass right back. (Though not spilling when asked about the content of his mash-mouthing. “That’s PG, sorry.’’ Parental guidance.)

Further re: Backes, who really did go a long way in establishing the rhythm — tom-toms — of Saturday night’s encounter, almost rearranging the nose of Travis Dermott later in that first frame during a grudge-scrum near the Toronto bench.

“Just got to be aware of what he does. He’s a big body. He likes to play physical. We’ve got to use our speed.”

Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of Bruins series

Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of Bruins series Nazem Kadri’s season may be over, as may be his career with the Maple Leafs. Kadri was suspended for the rest of the opening round of the playoffs by the NHL’s department of player safety on Monday for his cross-check to the head of Boston’s Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 of the Toronto-Boston Stanley Cup playoff series. If the Leafs don’t survive the first round, Kadri will have played his last game of the season. And if the Leafs braintrust is looking to find some salary-cap space over the summer to re-sign Mitch Marner, Andreas Johnsson and Kasperi Kapanen, Kadri’s cap hit of $4.5 million U.S. until the end of the 2021-22 season might be the place they start.

The Leafs ' Nazem Kadri tries to get past Carolina's Ron Hainsey. Monday is weighing heavily on every Leaf ’s mind. “It’s in the back of your head, guys are conscious of it Kadri is surrounded, as never before, by greenhorns and scrubs as the Leafs plug fistfuls of Marlie marbles into their depleted

Leaf Kasperi Kapanen takes a shot from Vince Dunn of the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday night . On this evening the Leafs weren’t in a giving — or giveaway — mood. Well, at least not in the opening Déjà vu Blues three minutes later — Toronto back on their heels for nearly all the second period — and a Just 1:22 in, Kadri attempted a weird puck manipulation in the Toronto slot, no-look through his

Speed, the one-dose-fits-all antidote, to Toronto’s way of thinking. Worked so beautifully 48 hours earlier.

“We wanted to set the tone,’’ Kadri continued. “Made that an emphasis in Game 1. We’re not going to accept being pushed around. I think we made that very clear. We’re going to continue doing that.”

Come again?

Poor, valiant Kadri. They shook him like a rag doll all night, did the Bruins, as if by throttling the most tempestuous of Leafs, the edgy one, they were halfway home to evening the series at 1-1. Because who else would go toe-to-toe with the steel-toed B squad? Zach Hyman maybe. Ron Hainsey probably. Morgan Rielly, if it came to that.

But they’re just not built that way, Leafs circa 2018-19.

Didn’t seem like a dumb idea, going all slick and skilled, way back on Thursday, when the Leafs downright stunned the Bruins on home ice, gave them wind burn on their stretch passes and breakaways and blazing speed through the neutral zone. The Bruins reset, though, reconnected with the pith of Boston hockey. Menacing and malevolent stuff. Like David Pastrnak charging Muzzin, for no sensible reason.

Kadri, at least, kept getting up, kept trying to give as much as he was getting.

That got him fingered for the box again, laying a hook (allegedly) on Brad Marchand, he of the 2-0 Boston goal.

Rosie DiManno: Maple Leafs need to (penalty) kill or be killed

Rosie DiManno: Maple Leafs need to (penalty) kill or be killed The fix is in. Fixing what ailed the Leafs in their Game 4 loss in Toronto, I mean. But is there enough time left to reorient by rectifying what bit the Leafs hard on Wednesday, with the opening round series now a best-of-three? The penalty kill was a killer. Two power-play goals surrendered on just two chances. That’s an exacta. Against what was the third-best power-play unit in the league over the regular season, hardly a shocker. It actually took the Bruins all of 2:09 in man-advantage time to strike twice. There has been at least one Bruins power-play goal in each of the four games that have gone into the books – 5-for-11 in the series. That’s a pathetic kill rate of 54.

Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen was beaten three times in the first period Saturday night . In this Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre, it may simply have been a case of need versus want . The Leafs , beyond a valiant hard-nose cadre that includes Matt Martin, Leo Komarov, even Nazem Kadri

By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. That too should be, at least partly, down to coaching staff decisions and line-matching. “It’s not good enough,” Kadri said after the game, acknowledging his own gaffe with a no-look pass between the legs that led directly to Magnus Paajarvi’s unassisted goal in the third.

In a couple of heartbeats, once the sin-bin door had been opened to release him, Kadri came racing laterally across the ice, the two minutes served without further damage done on the scoreboard, Toronto trailing 3-0 by there on a godawful mishandling of the puck at the side of the Toronto net by William Nylander.

Five, six, maybe seven strides Kadri had taken when he was KAPOWED by DeBrusk, very nearly a knee on knee, knee just below the knee, possibly charleyhorse territory, and not a peep of a penalty whistle for the Bruin. Kadri hurtled and then sagged to the ice, spitting out his mouth guard, clearly in pain — or maybe it was pantomimed. In any event, to no effect.

Kadri’s line, with Nylander and Patrick Marleau, did have the most moxie and zest against the Bruins, on a night when … well, let’s just say the big guns were silenced and most of the bold-face Leafs were MIA.

That is a double-whammy worry.

No pushback in the Leafs, after that first goal, even though the Bruins seemed to sag a bit, looked their most vulnerable, as if exhausted by the high-pitch opening 10 minutes.

And save for a couple of round-the-net puck jams by John Tavares, a disappointing unwillingness by the Leafs, most of them, to engage in the greasy areas, to knock some of that bully attitude out of the Bruins.

After the wreckage of this 3-0 defeat, how will the Leafs respond? We’ve already seen what the Bruins’ answer was to the mortification of Game 1. It’s their default button: orneriness, intimidation, balls to the wall. If they can’t, or won’t, play that game, the Leafs damn well better get back to playing theirs, as this playoff fandango shifts to Toronto.

Rosie DiManno: Marner and the Leafs are old enough to know better in Game 7 this time

Rosie DiManno: Marner and the Leafs are old enough to know better in Game 7 this time Even in his Fuller Brush Travelling Salesman plaid suit — retro flair — Mitch Marner looks like a kid playing dress-up. We are reminded again of how young many of these Maple Leafs are. In real life, they’d scarcely be university-aged. Playoff scraggy, though. Game 7 wizened. Nothing to fear and nothing alien about an elimination game in Boston. High stakes are familiar, the TD Garden stage a milieu they’ve commanded before. Twice in this opening-round playoff series. They grow up fast in the post-season. Puberty was two years ago, versus Washington, when they didn’t even know what they didn’t know.

By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. Recovered on a Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre: James van Riemsdyk, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov. Jonathan Bernier, back on form, was particularly sharp in the frantic final minutes of the third, 29 saves on the evening. This one, for whatever reason — I like to think it was at least partly atonement for what the Leafs had wrought for their former catch

Phaneuf-Kassian, Kadri affair hot topics ahead of Leaf date with lowly Oilers. By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. “I broke my hand in a fight ,” Phaneuf reminded reporters of the injury suffered Jan. Bright spots, at least less grim spots, have been the Marlie scrubs getting heaps of ice time in an injury-depleted lineup with some of the ailing shut down entirely for the balance of the season.

Some of those marquee Leafs starts — someone other than Mitch Marner — has to turn the light red.

Maybe Johnny-Come-Home, because Thursday’s empty-netter doesn’t really count. Certainly Auston Matthews, who so desperately yearns to reverse the thud of his 2018 Boston experience.

That is the privilege of pressure for the likes of Tavares and Matthews and Marner and Rielly. Each wants desperately to be that guy, as two-goal Marner was in Game 1.

“Obviously you win and lose as a team,’’ stresses Tavares. “But there are opportunities for an individual to step up and make that big play. Sometimes just the timing of it makes a big difference in a game. Scoring a big goal, doing something defensively. You relish those opportunities and try to help your team come through, to help your team have success.’’

Coach Mike Babcock has noted repeatedly that the stud players don’t necessarily leave their imprint on a first-round series but become increasingly formidable factors as the post-season grinds on.

“It’s not a matter of being the leading scorer or anything like that,’’ argues Rielly. “You want to be the best you can be to give your team a chance to win. That’s how I feel, that’s how Auston feels, Mitch, Johnny.

“For me, that’s playing good defence, moving the puck, being responsible, playing lots of minutes. For Mitch and Auston and John, that involves the puck going in the net at some point.”

Any time soon would be nice.

Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and current affairs. Follow her on Twitter: @rdimanno

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On the morning after, the moment his eyes flickered open, Jonathan Tavares felt the thud in his soul. Lying there, as the finality of the season roiled his thoughts. “You wake up, you get smacked right in the face that it’s over, again.” It was a painful day, of regrets and what could have been, for all the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some sought each other out, to console. Others spent it in solitary contemplation. On Friday, they will convene one last time, as the team they were in 2018-19. Privately, at a location undisclosed. For farewells and un-tapping of frustrations. Because they’ll never be this team again, with this particular personnel.

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