Matthews makes difference as Maple Leafs beat Bruins in Game 3

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2019

Some will argue that Debrusk made knee-to-knee contact with Kadri earlier in the game.

The Leafs' lead didn't last long, as Bruins centre David Krejci netted his first of the playoffs at the 3:30 mark to tie it up. "It's real simple. The team that played the hardest won Game 1".

The Boston Bruins now trail the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 in their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.

If Mike Babcock had chose to award the opportunity by merit, it likely wouldn't have been Johnsson stepping in Kadri's pivot role on the power play he helped unlock after an 0-for-4 start. He could receive a suspension of five games or more.

"It is important to note that this is not a case in which Kadri's stick rides up DeBrusk's body or stick in some way before making contact with DeBrusk's head", the National Hockey League states in the video.

Not only does Kadri have an extensive track record of incidents that have risen to the level of supplemental discipline, resulting in several suspensions, but this is the second year in a row he has taken himself out of a playoff series for an extended period of time due to his own recklessness and selfishness.

Nylander, who had just seven goals in 54 games following a contract dispute that stretched into December, scored in Toronto's 4-1 victory in Boston in Game 1.

"Just a team effort", Rielly said. And Boston couldn't get the game-tying goal even with the extra attacker, as the Leafs took a 2-1 series lead and are now in position to take a commanding 3-1 series lead if they win Game 4 Wednesday in Toronto. "Basically let them know how we're going to play". You can see where the emotions got to him, sticking up for a teammate.

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Auston Matthews absorbed heavy criticism as he was unable to generate a single point through the first two contests in Boston, but he had a strong Game 3, scoring one goal and an assist.

Kadri travelled to NY for an in-person hearing, meaning the league had the option to suspend the player for more than five games.

In light of the intense criticism that the Leafs have been receiving in the wake of Saturday's loss, it seems like a good time to look back on the last two times the Leafs met the Bruins. The 28-year-old was suspended three games last season for a hit on then-Bruins forward Tommy Wingels.

In the last six minutes of the third period, DeBrusk delivered a hit to Patrick Marleau, and in retaliation, Kadri returned a check, bringing up his stick and hands and hitting DeBrusk up high, sending him to the ice.

Krug did not return, but the Bruins scored just 11 seconds later when William Nylander inexplicably lost the puck at the side of Toronto's net, leaving an easy tap-in for Heinen at 10:39. He had missed 14 games from his previous four bans.

All hell is breaking loose in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Partly for his ranking, but mostly for his ability to do one thing he severely understated when asked about the role he plays on the Leafs man advantage.

It wouldn't have come as a surprise had the Maple Leafs defenceman summoned for an air tank.

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