The Stanley Cup Playoffs are only in their second day and The Department of Player Safety already has its hands full.
In the Washington-Columbus game you had Josh Anderson getting ejected for boarding Michal Kempny and Tom Wilson knocking Alexander Wennberg out of the game. Then midway through the third period of the Boston Bruins-Toronto Maple Leafs game we had what might be one of the dirtiest plays of the NHL season when Nazem Kadri was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for charging Boston’s Tommy Wingels.
The DoPS has already announced that Kadri will have a disciplinary hearing on Friday for boarding/charging.
As Wingels was down on his hands and knees along the boards, Kadri took a deliberate run at him and launched himself into the vulnerable Bruins forward.
You can see it in the video above.
Kadri had been skating a fine line for most of the night with his physical play. Just four minutes before he was ejected he was penalized for boarding, and was also involved in a knee-on-knee collision with Rick Nash. It was an eventful night for him, needless to say.
This one, though, will be the one that gets him a phone call from the league on Friday and will probably keep him out of the lineup for at least part of the series.