This time around, Kadri was the recipient of that gesture after a boarding hit, with Josh Manson delivering that “message.” The Anaheim Ducks tough guy received a game misconduct in what ultimately was a 6-5 overtime win for the Maple Leafs.
Guess who scored the winner? Why, that would be Manson’s buddy Nazem.
Here’s a tweet version of that moment, with both versions provided by “DucksNPucks.”
The Anaheim Ducks tweeted the following when crossing into overtime clinched their playoff spot: “Not a goal, but an expectation.”
Even the Ducks would probably admit that they wouldn’t be so bold with such a proclamation back in, say, November.
In a way, Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs runs parallel to the Ducks’ odd little 2015-16 season. They waddled badly out of the gate in falling behind by a score of 4-1 in the waning moments of the second period, yet Anaheim once again reminded us that they shouldn’t be dismissed, even under trying circumstances.
Remarkably, the Ducks ended up roaring back to a 5-4 lead.
Heck, even most of their offense came from reinforcements, hammering home this theme in another way.
For Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, Thursday went from humbling to grumbling.
The Florida Panthers beat his Bruins 4-1 tonight, moving to first place in the Atlantic Division, at least for the time being.
It wasn’t just a loss for the Bruins; it was also a fifth defeat in a row. Add in an injury and a frustrating call or two, and Julien’s franchise wins record is probably not on the tip of many tongues.
John Michael-Liles suffered a lower-body injury and was unable to return. It’s unclear how bad it might be beyond that.
INJURY UPDATE: John-Michael Liles will not return due to a lower-body injury.