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

06:56  14 april  2018
06:56  14 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

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 Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period in Game 1. (Photo: Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports). Toronto Maple Leafs fans will want to blame the NHL for Nazem Kadri ’s three-game suspension for boarding, but this one is on him.

Maple Leafs centre suspended for three games for showing up late promises to live up to ‘a certain level of professionalism.’ Nazem Kadri is finally expected to dress when the Leafs get to Vancouver on Saturday. I put the blame on myself.

a group of hockey players on the field: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period in Game 1.© Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period in Game 1.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans will want to blame the NHL for Nazem Kadri’s three-game suspension for boarding, but this one is on him.

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.

Now he is gone for three games of a seven-game series because he allowed his emotions get away from him.

On Thursday, the NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty for a well-intentioned check that evolved into an illegal hit to the head. It was a rule that could have gone either way. I thought it was deserving of a one-game suspension, and maybe you didn’t. Doughty said Thursday: “I don’t think for one second that was suspension-worthy.”

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

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

Maple Leafs ’ Nazem Kadri ’s dangerous hit has no place in hockey. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a tough spot . Of course, many not too encouraged by the Leafs ’ chances weighed in on the color choice on Twitter.

Nazem Kadri suspended three games for boarding Tommy Wingels. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a tough spot . Of course, many not too encouraged by the Leafs ’ chances weighed in on the color choice on Twitter.

It was either no suspension or one game. No one was thinking more than that. It was a judgment.

Kadri’s hit was two stops past acceptable. With his team trailing 4-1 to the Boston Bruins, Kadri went after Tommy Wingels after Wingels came up high with a hit against Kadri teammate Mitch Marner. Wingels was vulnerable, with his back turned, when Kadri drove into him. Wingels’ head slams into the boards. Anyone who watched that hit would say Kadri was seeking retribution and trying to inflict pain. He could have easily avoided that hit.

This is the kind of hit that the NHL has aggressively tried to eradicate. The mandate has been to protect defenseless players. Wingels was defenseless. Kadri knew that. He skated a few strides before making contact.

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.

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 Four potential Julius Randle landing spots in free agency. Draymond Green has been texting Joel Embiid helpful playoff pointers.

Now the trick is doing what Babcock's Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't last year: stave off elimination from the Capitals. Nazem Kadri suspended three games for boarding Tommy Wingels. The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a tough spot . Of course, many not too encouraged by the Leafs ’ chances

In the video explanation of the suspension, player safety stated: “It’s important to note that Kadri is in control of this hit at all times.”

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Even old school hockey guys would have a difficult time defending this hit. You like when teammates stand up for each other, but there were ways to do that without earning a suspension. Kadri sought to inflict pain on Wingels, but ended up hurting his team in an important playoff series.

He has no one to blame but himself.

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