Sunday Skate: Kadri deserves suspension, DeBrusk not even close

Matt Kalman
April 14, 2019 - 11:40 am

Sunday Skate was two hours this week, and of course the boys dissected the Bruins 4-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Eastern Conference first round on Saturday night.

In the first hour, co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman tackled what the punishment should be for Toronto center Nazem Kadri after he cross checked Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in the face in the third period. Kadri was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, meaning the league could suspend him for six or more games if they see fit.

Pete Blackburn of CBS Sports joined the show in the second hour. Since everyone agrees the Kadri hit was worthy of suspension, the talk turned to DeBrusk’s leg-on-leg hit on Kadri earlier in the game. People north of the border seem to think that hit was as egregious’ Kadri’s hit, but Blackburn explained why it might not have even been worth of a penalty (and one wasn’t called).

“I don’t think DeBrusk was going for the knee, it was a bad result. … If it was delivered ideally it would’ve ben a good hit, “ he said. “But he hit him with the knee first and I think part of that is on Kadri for trying to avoid it and trying to jump out of the way, that’s where the knee-on-knee happens.”

“The only reason why anybody is questioning that is because of the stuff that happened in the first period and the stuff happened in Game 1. If it was any player other than DeBrusk, nobody would be talking about it.”

NBC Sports Ed Olyczyk and Keith Jones thought Kadri should be 10 games, Pete explained how Tampa Bay is trailing Columbus 2-0 in their series and Matt explained how Mike Babcock is a lot to blame for the Maple Leafs' Game 2 struggles and antics.

Tune in next Sunday at 7 a.m for the next edition of Sunday Skate.


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