Toronto's Nazem Kadri set for ban after clash with Jake DeBrusk in NHL play-offs
The Boston Bruins got back playing to their strengths on Saturday, bouncing back from an opening series loss to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 and square their NHL play-off series at 1-1.
The Bruins limited their turnovers and rediscovered their scoring touch in game two after being outworked and outskated by the same 4-1 score two nights earlier.
It was a rough night for Toronto and it could get worse.
Nazem Kadri, who scored Toronto's only goal, is likely going to face a suspension from the NHL for a crosscheck to the neck of Boston's Jake DeBrusk late in the game.
He was slapped with a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his attack after DeBrusk put a dangerous hit on the glass by Leafs forward Patrick Marleau in the same shift. Neither Marleau or DeBrusk appeared to be seriously hurt.
DeBrusk and Kadri also had a run-in earlier in the game when the Maple Leafs player appeared to injure his knee. Kadri left the game to get treatment but eventually returned to the bench.
Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist and Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for the Bruins, who controlled their Atlantic Division rivals by taking a 3-0 lead halfway through the game.
Charlie Coyle, Danton Heinen and Patrice Bergeron also scored for the Bruins at the Boston Garden.
The series shifts to Toronto for game three on Monday.
Boston's line of Bergeron, Marchand and David Pastrnak dominated the Leafs in the play-offs last year but they were not a factor in Thursday's game one.
So getting on the board in Saturday's game was a huge relief for Bergeron and Marchand but one worrying factor for Boston might be the play of Czech forward Pastrnak, who has yet to kick his game into playoff mode.
The Bruins also might be without rushing defenceman Torey Krug going forward after he was injured and had to leave in the middle of the game.
Rask was also better in game two, allowing just the one goal to Kadri. Frederik Andersen made 37 saves, several spectacular, for Toronto.
Updated: April 14, 2019 08:35 AM