According to league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, Kadri delivered a “forceful blow to the head that caused injury.”
In making his decision, Shanahan deemed that Kadri could have avoided contact with Backstrom, though it was noted the league does not believe it was “an intentional act.”
In December of 2011, then-Nashville forward Jordin Tootoo was suspended two games for running Buffalo Ryan Miller.
Why did Kadri get three games after Tootoo only got two? Possibly because Backstrom was hurt and Miller was not. Though, on the other hand, Tootoo had a disciplinary history prior to the Miller incident and, until today, Kadri did not.
Agree or disagree, the Kadri suspension comes at a bad time for the Leafs, who are already without injured centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland.
Per the CBA, Kadri will forfeit $44,615.37, with the money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.