When the Toronto Maple Leafs managed to win the third game of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins, it at least meant that forward Nazem Kadri could see some action again this spring. Now with Boston taking the lead 3-1 in the series following a 3-1 victory last night, Kadri is hoping his return won't be short-lived and he will get to play more than just one game with his club.
Kadri didn't disagree with being suspended for a dangerous hit from behind on Boston's Tommy Wingels, but he didn't expect to be out of the lineup until Game 5.
"Was it worthy of a suspension? I definitely think so. But I think the three games was definitely a little harsh," Kadri explained to media members on Friday, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton.
"I was disappointed; I wasn't expecting (three games), that's for sure," he added. "That particular play, I felt a liberty had been taken on Mitch (Marner). I'm always going to stand up for my teammates, stand up for myself; that part isn't going to change."
In the video down below, you can see the preceding hit by Wingels on Marner that Kadri said pushed him to react and retaliate on the Bruins' player:
While the Leafs managed to win one again without the services of Kadri, they are not on the brink of elimination as he gets set to return to the lineup for Game 5. Clearly, he's hoping his postseason will be remembered for more than the suspension.
Game 5 is set for Saturday in Boston. On Wednesday, the NHL has officially announced a start time for Saturday’s Game 5 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, this according to a report from Boston sports columnist Mike Petraglia. The NHL announced that Game 5 for the Bruins against the Maple Leafs was set for 8 p.m. Saturday night at TD Garden. Originally, it was thought that the teams would play at 7pm.
Last night, Toronto could have taken the opportunity that the Bruins were without star forward Patrice Bergeron for the contest, but they fell short.
"We were set up pretty good," Leafs head coach Mike Babcock lamented to the media after the loss. "We didn’t take advantage. That’s on us."
Now let's hope they will grab the opportunity of having Kadri back in the lineup to offer a good fight against the Bruins.