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

11:25  15 april  2019
11:25  15 april  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Rosie DiManno: Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen is the calm in the middle of the storm again BOSTON—There was a time when Freddie Andersen crackled with emotion. Water bottles flung, goalie sticks slammed against the glass. A temper burn turned his pale face splotchy pink. We haven’t seen that Freddie in Toronto. Perhaps he doesn’t exist anymore, left behind in Anaheim, or sloughed off with his early 20s. Because these days the Ginger Man is preternaturally calm, serene even. He speaks so softly you have to lean in to hear, invading his personal space, inhaling the scent of him. It’s almost unheard of for an NHL goaltender to talk on game-day mornings, when he’s starting that night. They’re twitchy, zoned out, wrapped in a cocoon of preparation.

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Nazem Kadri ’s punishment leaves Leafs playing damage control and sparks chain reaction, with Patrick Marleau as second-line centre for It was only one game, but Toronto has to be much better to make this a long series. They can , if they play to their potential. This Leafs team is good.

Rosie DiManno: Without Kadri, Leafs focus on what they can control© Boston Globe Leaf Nazem Kadri gets his stick up on the Bruins’ Brad Marchand in Game 1.

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.

My own un-PC thoughts incline toward the social tweep reaction of infamous instigator Sean Avery, who cut through the hand-wringing and pearl clutching: “The only problem with Kadri’s hit is he didn’t take the top f-ing row of DeBrusk’s teeth out.”

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

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

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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.

I mean, if a guy is going to CROSS THAT LINE — the oft-cited Delaware that separates the merely hard-nosed from the incorrigibly maddened — might as well take some chicklets with you.

Because DeBrusk deserved a sock in the jaw, if not a cross-check to the noggin. For, as Avery noted, the “dirty (bleep) hit” that smeared Patrick Marleau against the glass seconds earlier. For, as every bloodthirsty spectator inside the TD Garden had so volubly cheered, stalking Kadri around the ice all night. For the knee-on-knee crash that wasn’t called. For the ridiculous coinciding roughing minors that were called in the first period, Kadri equally penalized for, apparently, getting his face in the way of DeBrusk’s fist.

The on-ice officials could have averted so much of what later transpired, had they taken DeBrusk’s volatility down a peg. Instead, they emboldened both players.

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.

By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. “As a player you focus on the things you can control and that’s having a good work ethic, a good attitude, and being a good teammate.” “No player likes to sit on the bench and watch the game, especially a guy of JVR’s stature,” says Kadri .

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Pretty much only one lone Leaf took exception to any of the havoc wrought by DeBrusk and his B-posse. And only then, in that nanosecond of misjudgment, amidst the red mist of rage, it was on behalf of Marleau, a 20-year-veteran who’d done nothing to draw DeBrusk’s wrath.

Was a time — and I lament its passing — when the measure of a hockey player was taken by what he took and did for the team. But Kadri, because of his history — a repeat offender, likewise suspended for an avenging assault against Tommy Wingels (unintentional hip contact to the head, he afterwards insisted) in last year’s playoff wrangle with Boston — should expect little mercy from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety at Monday’s in-person hearing.

If Kadri was destined to get his ticket punched out of Toronto this summer anyway, traded to alleviate the club’s salary-cap burden, he doubtless made it a whole lot easier to wave goodbye, at least from the chorus of sanctimonious columnists and reformed hockey enforcers who’ve parlayed marginal careers into “insider’’ commentariat blather.

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

Leaf Nazem Kadri engages with Melker Karlsson of the Sharks late in Thursday night’s game in San Jose. Kadri was targeted by the Sharks throughout It’s something you’ve got to learn. I feel like I’m making the right decisions now.” Rosie DiManno is a columnist based in Toronto covering sports and

Nazem Kadri , a few years removed from rookie-dom — nada for six shots last night, by the way — said the older gang keeps an eye on their younger brethren, without interfering Brad Boyes missed the empty net on what should have been an easy tip-in on the power-play, Bishop getting his paddle down.

Me, I’d love to know what his teammates are really thinking. And his coach and his GM and the president of the franchise. Because Kadri is very much a retro Brendan Shanahan. No way would Shanahan the player — prior to his three-year tenure as the league’s disciplinarian-in-chief — have tolerated the manhandling of ’mates as these Leafs did in Game 2.

These Leafs, on that evening, wanted no part of the Bruin menace inside the Garden mosh pit. They have been convinced, from the top down of the Leafs ethos, that they can counter the browbeat by marching to their own beat of skill and speed, which had worked so magnificently in Game 1. But Boston wasn’t going to be caught on the back foot again, startled by Toronto’s intensity and command and efficiency.

Where oh where, though, was the pushback that didn’t show up on the scoreboard? That might have given pause as the series shifts to Toronto for Game 3 Monday?

To their credit, the Bruins — who live and die by the sword, it’s in their DNA — didn’t dine out on Kadri’s felonious cross-check, quite content to enjoy their five-minute power play and put another goal on the board. “Yeah, I think that’s up to the league to decide, I’ve got no comment,’’ DeBrusk said in his post-game scrum. But added of the assault: “It was high. I felt it in my face.’’ As for the knee-on-knee collision: “I’d have to see it, to be honest. I’m not a dirty player.”

Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended for rest of Bruins series

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The Leafs ' Nazem Kadri tries to get past Carolina's Ron Hainsey. Kadri is surrounded, as never before, by greenhorns and scrubs as the Leafs plug fistfuls of Marlie marbles into their Republication or distribution of this content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto Star

DiManno . By Rosie DiMannoColumnist. While it should not be lower for sexual assault, it sure as hell shouldn’t be higher, writes Rosie DiManno . Republication or distribution of this content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors.

Perhaps not. But there was no doubt that DeBrusk had targeted Kadri all night and he wasn’t alone. Distract Kadri — the Sonny Corleone of this outfit, rash and charging straight into an ambush — and who’s left to scratch and claw at them? Kadri was a rampart of one against the Bruin horde. Boston set the pace, established the style of this encounter. They made the Leafs look slow and rattled. No space for Mitch Marner to reprise his Game 1 magic, for Auston Matthews to even begin asserting himself on this series, or for the defence to get out of their own shirking way.

Selfish, Kadri was castigated far and wide, putting his own agenda ahead of the team. Really? His had been the most effective line, his the only Leaf goal. Misdirected emotion. But some emotion nevertheless amidst what was a phlegmatic team performance.

So very Kadri, sniff the cluckers. They don’t get him at all. Impulsive and impetuous but the antithesis of selfish.

Thus, pre-emptively, Mike Babcock was asked six ways from Sunday during a media phone conference, how disappointed he was in Kadri, whether the player had broken a covenant of trust with the coach and his teammates; you know, lesson not learned from a year ago, and his league-issued punishments before that. But Babcock reversed the thrust of the question.

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.

Kadri made it 19 at 9:07 of the opening frame. Beauty of a thing it was too, as Matthews streaked in off the left-wing boards, befuddled the collapsing Philly defence — dreadful coverage Frederik Andersen was a notable weak link in the defeat, letting in three highly stoppable goals, Rosie DiManno writes.

Leafs continue to play spoiler against some of NHL’s top teams. Props to Michael Grabner, who made an unselfish drop pass on Kadri ’s third with an untended net staring both of them in the face. Republication or distribution of this content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of

“Obviously it’s disappointing for Naz, disappointing for our team. One of our key areas is depth through the middle and obviously Naz is a good player, he’s done good things. Any time you cross the line though, you give a chance to let someone else made a decision on whether you play or not. The way I look at it today is, we can’t worry about that now. We’ve just got to move on.’’

And again, presented with the leitmotif of a presumed disappointment, employed as a euphemism for screw-up: “I’m not spending a whole lot of time on that … When you prepare your team, you try to prepare for all the situations so you don’t cross the line. I think you have to play real hard and look after yourself, but you can’t cross the line.

“I think, in anything in life, you want to be in control and you’ve got to own everything. You’ve got to own your play, you’ve got to own your discipline, you’ve got to own what’s going on for you. In the end, Naz has someone else making a decision whether he’s playing or not.”

He won’t be. Might never again for the Leafs.

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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