Maple Leafs fall to the Bruins in game 2, Kadri suspension looming

The Toronto Maple Leafs experienced multiple instances of deja vu last night in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. After dominating their Atlantic division rivals in game 1 of the first round series, the Leafs succumbed to the heavy-hitting Bruins in game 2.

What is this, 2018? – Nazem Kadri has been scheduled for an in-person hearing with the NHL Player Safety Board on Monday, after cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the head.

The two players participated in a pointless feud through the duration of the game. Kadri was suspended three games during the Leafs 2017-18 playoff bout vs. Boston when he made a dangerous hit along the boards. Expect him to get slapped with multiple games again this time around.

1st period

Charlie Coyle opened the scoring for the Bruins thanks to a David Backes assist. Coyle posted 12 goals and 22 assists in 81 regular season games this season. The goal was his first of the playoffs.

Brad Marchand stretched Boston’s lead to 2-0, 16 minutes into the period. The 30-year old winger now has a goal and two assists to highlight his 2018-19 playoff campaign. Surprisingly, he is yet to visit the sin bin (The feisty Halifax, N.S native has tallied 103 penalty minutes in 86 career playoff games, so yeah).

2nd period

Danton Heinen scored a lone goal in the second period, putting the Bruins up 3-0 on a faltering Leafs squad. Heinen recorded 11 goals and 23 assists in 77 regular season games this season. The goal was his first of the playoffs.

3rd period

Nazem Kadri potted his first goal of the playoffs, making the score 3-1 Bruins with 10 minutes left in the period. Unfortunately, it seems only Boston can summon the energy to dissipate multi-goal leads when time is running out, as this would be the Leafs only goal of the game.

Patrice Bergeron notched a power play goal with 5 minutes left in the game, putting an exclamation point on the Toronto Maple Leafs game 2 loss. Like his comrade Brad Marchand, Bergeron now as two goals in the series.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will continue their first round series against the Boston Bruins Monday night at 7 p.m. ET. Series is tied 1-1.

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