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Boston Bruins Even Series With Leafs, Lose Jake DeBrusk to Dirty Hit

Boston Bruins Even Series With Leafs, Lose Jake DeBrusk to Dirty Hit

There he sparked a comeback effort with a deflection goal.

Kadri has been offered a hearing from the league's Department of Player Safety following a cross-check he delivered to the face of Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the final minutes of Saturday's Game 2 in Boston.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves in defeat.

The Bruins are looking to even up the series before the series shifts to Toronto for Game 3 Monday.

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.

There would be no repeat on this night.

Boston really stormed out of the gate, generating a 2-0 lead in the first period and adding another goal in the second, while dominating the shot clock 29-16 through the first 40 minutes.

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Bruins forward David Backes recorded the assist on Coyle's shot after recovering the puck behind Toronto's net and feeding it to Coyle in the slot. Kadri looked to be injured but no penalty was called on DeBrusk.

DeBrusk then went after Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott near the benches, punching the rookie blue-liner repeatedly in a sequence that didn't result in a penalty. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass to Marchand, who slid a shot between Andersen's pads.

Muzzin crushed Torey Krug along the boards midway through the period on a hit that sent the wobbly Bruins defenceman to Boston's locker room.

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.

Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory.

On Saturday, Kadri took exception with DeBrusk's check on Patrick Marleau late in the game. The Maple Leafs forward stayed down on the ice for several moments afterwards, but ultimately skated off on his own and returned for the start of the third period.

Credit Bruce Cassidy for not letting Mike Babcock get the upper hand after having his top line shut down by Jake Muzzin and Nikita Zaitsev. Luckily they have the next two games at home to get the matchup they want but a Kadri's status could impact that. Kadri was suspended three games during last year's Round 1 series; will he involuntarily take a seat again?