Leafs' Kadri to have in-person hearing for Game 2 cross-check

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals- Game Two

Kadri cross-checked DeBrusk in the third period after a series of physical exchanges throughout the game, earning himself a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

"In anything in life, you want to be in control and you've got to own everything".

And it all started Saturday night with a spot-on pre-game message from head coach Bruce Cassidy.

Don't expect John Tavares and Auston Matthews to play like they did on Saturday night and William Nylander should be looking to make amends after a brutal giveaway on the third Bruins goal.

Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been paying close attention to some of the eyebrow-raising results early in the National Hockey League playoffs.

Kadri was ejected from Saturday's Game 2 after delivering a nasty cross-check to the face of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk, who had just finished his check on Patrick Marleau. Status as a repeat offender is taken into account on disciplinary decisions, and the 28-year-old has already been suspended or fined seven previous times for various hits, gestures, and attempts at embellishment.

"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. "We're focused on that and will get ready for tonight". That animosity carried over into Game 2 and they once again got tangled up early in the game.

Kadri was assessed a hooking penalty late in the period, and as he raced to get back in the play, grabbed the puck and took a knee-on-knee hit from DeBrusk. "I thought they played harder than we did, I thought we played harder than them (in Game 1)".

Considering Kadri's suspension history, including when he was suspended for three games in the opening round against the Bruins last spring, a lengthy forced sit-down from the league could be on the way. "It's our turn to come out with a push". Boston realized they needed to force the Leafs to move the puck quickly by pressuring them physically and Toronto didn't make the necessary adjustment.

"I'm not sure there is an answer", Kadri said regarding how to stop Marner. It also kept the Bruins No. 1 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak off the scoresheet at five-on-five.

"We feel good about our team". We've got to match that intensity.

But nearly certainly without Kadri - and in all likelihood for an extended period of time.