Sports Nazem Kadri's cheap shot worst of numerous mistakes by Leafs

06:56  13 april  2018
06:56  13 april  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Depending on their age, these Leafs remember 2013 collapse in different ways

  Depending on their age, these Leafs remember 2013 collapse in different ways Toronto's Nazem Kadri calls the playoff series loss to Boston the toughest moment of his career. His young teammates, Mitch Marner and Connor Brown, think of it as one of their toughest moments as fans.It was also five years ago.

Toronto' s Nazem Kadri objects to being given a five-minute boarding penalty in Toronto' s 5-1 loss to Boston Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round series. The team that limits its mistakes usually prevails.

The Maple Leafs made a boatload of blunders against Boston on Thursday and as a result, they find themselves behind 1-0 in their opening-round series after a 5-1 drubbing by the Bruins. CBC | Sports News.

a man wearing a uniform: Toronto's Nazem Kadri objects to being given a five-minute boarding penalty in Toronto's 5-1 loss to Boston Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round series.© Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Toronto's Nazem Kadri objects to being given a five-minute boarding penalty in Toronto's 5-1 loss to Boston Thursday in Game 1 of their first-round series.

This time, the Toronto Maple Leafs had no comeback.

On so many occasions in the regular season, the Maple Leafs could turn on a tap and allow their ample speed and skill to flow and beat the opposition.

But that approach doesn't usually work in the Stanley Cup playoffs, a time when games are tighter and strong positional play is the order of the day. The team that limits its mistakes usually prevails.

The Maple Leafs made a boatload of blunders and as a result, they find themselves behind 1-0 in their opening-round series after a 5-1 drubbing by the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday.

Leafs' Kadri 'already committed to the hit' when Wingels went down

  Leafs' Kadri 'already committed to the hit' when Wingels went down Nazem Kadri knows his fate is in the hands of the NHL's Department of Player Safety. The Toronto Maple Leafs center was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for boarding Tommy Wingels during Thursday's Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, and while he acknowledged it'll be reviewed by the league, he argued there wasn't much he could do to avoid it.

The team that limits its mistakes usually prevails. The Maple Leafs made a boatload of blunders and as a result, they find themselves behind 1-0 in their opening-round series after a 5-1 drubbing by the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday. Let’ s start with Nazem Kadri .

The Maple Leafs made a boatload of blunders against Boston on Thursday and as a result, they find themselves behind 1-0 in their opening-round series after a 5-1 drubbing by the Bruins.

Let's start with Nazem Kadri. The 27-year-old Toronto centre has done so much growing up in the past three seasons on-and-off the ice. It wasn't long ago that Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan suspended Kadri for an undisclosed off-ice incident in March 2015.

For the most part, he turned the corner after that. Head coach Mike Babcock was a big help, shaping Kadri into a strong checking centre who has delivered back-to-back 32-goal seasons.

But just like the super pest on the other side, Boston's Brad Marchand, has his relapses, Kadri stumbled back to his old, undisciplined ways in Game 1.

He likely will be suspended for his final transgression of the evening, a reckless boarding penalty on Bruins fourth-line forward Tommy Wingels midway through the third period.

Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on Wingels

  Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on Wingels Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on WingelsIt’s Kadri’s fourth suspension, and the second suspension handed out by league disciplinarians in the early stages of the 2018 Stanley Cup final as the league cracks down on hits to the head. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was suspended for one game.

70494- nazem - kadris - cheap - shot - worst - of - numerous - mistakes - by - leafs /. But he has not only taken it in stride, he signed a mega cheap deal and has so far delivered on his end, and then some (Connor McWho?).

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Faces suspension

Sure, Wingels deserved a two-minute penalty when he placed his elbow firmly in the face of Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner. But down 4-1, Kadri snapped and took a run at a defenceless Wingels. A five-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute misconduct sent the badly behaved Kadri to the dressing room for the night as did a shaken Wingels.

Now how long will Kadri be suspended for? One game or two?

"I just felt like he made contact with Mitchy's head to start and I didn't see a call there," Kadri said afterward. "[Wingels] was turning up the wall so I was committed to the hit.

"I certainly wasn't trying to hit him when he was down like that."

In any event, Kadri has some apologizing to do to his teammates. With the game still 3-1 and a comeback still possible because of the Maple Leafs' talent, Kadri first took a run at Wingels from behind early in the third period.

The Bruins, who already had scored twice on the power play, didn't increase their lead with Kadri in the penalty box. But they did score less than a minute after he exited.

Nazem Kadri only person to blame for suspension that puts Maple Leafs in tough spot

  Nazem Kadri only person to blame for suspension that puts Maple Leafs in tough spot Nazem Kadri's emotions got away from him, and that led to a bad hit on Tommy Wingels and a three-game suspension with the Maple Leafs already down 1-0.Kadri would argue that he was standing up for a teammate, but what he ended up doing was letting down his team. Kadri is a valuable player, a 32-goal scorer with an edge to his game. He matches up well against top offensive players.

Bruins the better team

The Maple Leafs forward didn't agree with the boarding penalty and that anger was still evident four minutes later in the second incident against Wingels. The Bruins piled on with their third goal with the man-advantage.

Boston was the better team, especially in the first 10 minutes of the game, late in the second and in the entire third period.

The Maple Leafs had their moments on the power play, too. But they lacked finish.

The difference was in the final five minutes of the second period with the game tied 1-1. David Backes banged in the go-ahead goal on the power play after the Leafs' penalty-killing unit had been caught on the ice for more than a 100 seconds and an exhausted Toronto defenceman Ron Hainsey could not out-muscle Backes in front.

A few shifts later, Tomas Plekanec and the Maple Leafs' fourth line was caught on the ice against the Bruins top line. As a result, David Pastrnak buried a critical goal from the high slot with 38 ticks left on the clock.

"We'll let the league do what the league does," Toronto coach Mike Babcock said when asked about a possible suspension for Kadri. "The bottom line is that you have to be disciplined at all times. Emotion is real important in a game, but it has to be controlled.

"We have a day to solve our problems."

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