Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels was not present for practice on Friday morning after taking a hard hit into the boards by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri in Game 1 on Thursday night.
Wingels was forced to miss the rest of the third period after the hit by Kadri, which occurred once Wingels had fallen to the to the ice, close by the boards. The NHL's Player Safety Department is actually having a look at the sequence to determine if Kadri will be suspended for his hit. It thus remains to be seen if both Wingels and Kadri will take part of the intense Eastern Conference series. Kadri has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Friday and could face a suspension under the charge of boarding/charging. He received a a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct in the process.
See the hit for yourself in the video below:
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said Wingels is expected to be evaluated again later today as he is considered questionable for Game 2. "
We'll have a better read tomorrow," Cassidy said.
The veteran forward recorded nine goals and 17 points in 75 games this season.
The Bruins used the following lines in practice Friday:
Kadri commented his hit after the game, claiming he didn't see how there was a call there to begin with:
"I just felt like (Wingels) made contact with Mitchy's head to start, and I didn't see a call there," Kadri said of the hit postgame. "He was turning up the wall so I was committed to the hit, and then he ended up falling. It happened pretty quick. It's in the hands of the NHL."
Kadri said he believes it would have been a clean hit if Wingels had not fallen to the ice.
"It's out of my control at this point. I certainly wasn't trying to hit him when he was down like that. I was already committed to the hit. If he's still standing up, there's nothing wrong with that."
Let's just say most Bruins fans will disagree with his statement, to say the least...