Nazem Kadri earned himself a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety after getting ejected from Game 1 of the Toronto Maple Leafs' first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins. On second look, it does appear that Kadri actually got Wingels from the side, but regardless of the technicalities, the Leafs forward sat two minutes for boarding.
One would have to believe that Kadri will face further discipline from the National Hockey League and he could be at risk of a suspension. He had 32 goals and 23 assists in 80 games during the regular season.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy felt the officials got the call right, saying after the game, "I thought it was the appropriate call".
Wingels had his head down while trying to corral the loose puck when Kadri delivered the hit. "He was turning up the wall, so I was committed to the hit". It happened pretty quick.
Kadri said he believes it would have been a clean hit if Wingels had not fallen to the ice. "Like I said, it's out of my control at this point. If he's still standing up, there's nothing wrong with that". Wingels didn't skate at Bruins practice on Friday and was listed as "questionable" for Saturday night's Game 2 after never returning to Thursday night's game following the hit.