The Toronto Maple Leafs narrowly lost to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row, and for the second year in a row, they were without Nazem Kadri due to suspension.
As Bruins fans certainly will remember, the Leafs’ third-line center cross-checked Jake DeBrusk in the head after the B’s winger laid a clean hit on Patrick Marleau at the curved glass during Game 2.
The cross-check resulted in a match penalty, and Kadri — a repeat offender — promptly was suspended the rest of the series. DeBrusk didn’t say much about the incident, and Kadri was not made available to the media the night of Game 2, or at all afterwards. But Thursday, with the Leafs’ series over, he finally spoke about the incident.
Although Bruins fans might be reticent to accept that apology, they at least have the satisfaction of knowing their team advanced to the next round.
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