NHL playoffs 2019: Sean Avery weighs in on Nazem Kadri-Jake DeBrusk incident in profane rant
You know the situation is dire when Sean Avery is the voice of reason.
The retired NHL winger and notorious on-ice instigator weighed in on Saturday night’s incident involving Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk. Kadri cross-checked DeBrusk in the third period after a series of physical exchanges throughout the game, earning himself a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
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Moments earlier, DeBrusk hit Leafs veteran Patrick Marleau into the boards.
Jake Debrusk hits Patrick Marleau. Nazem Kadri cross-checks Debrusk in the face and gets ejected pic.twitter.com/Vrib579G6B
“That f—ing hit DeBrusk just threw on Patrick Marleau in the Leafs-Bruins game was a dirty f—ing hit,” Avery said in a series of videos posted to his Instagram story. “That’s one of those unwritten rule hits that you don’t throw, especially to a guy that’s played 20 f—ing years in the NHL.
“But obviously the refs had their whistle up their ass or they were too f—ing slow and were two lines behind the play, so they didn’t see it so they couldn’t have called it.”
Sean Avery has some words for Debrusk after the hit on Marleau#Leafs pic.twitter.com/52mwwC6T6w
Despite Avery’s endorsement, Kadri faces a suspension for the second straight postseason. Kadri has been offered an in-person hearing, which is usually a precursor to a lengthy suspension. The 28-year-old was suspended three games last season for a hit on then-Bruins forward Tommy Wingels.
“The only problem with Kadri’s hit [on DeBrusk] is he didn’t take the top f—ing row of DeBrusk’s teeth out,” Avery said.
Avery, 39, is a 10-year NHL veteran who is no stranger to questionable hits and tactics on the ice. The former Ranger is infamous for his longstanding rivalry with legendary Devils goalie Martin Brodeur. Most notably, their storied past includes the invention of “The Avery Rule” after the temperamental winger purposely obstructed the netminder’s view in lieu of trying to make an actual play.
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However, it’s obvious that Avery, who suited up for the Red Wings, Kings, Rangers, and Stars during his career, supports Toronto in the series. With that in mind, he wants to see more aggression from the Maple Leafs as the series shifts to Toronto.
“It’s time for f—ing Auston Matthews to wake up,” Avery said. “Game 3, he should drop the gloves with DeBrusk and go toe-to-toe at center ice, set the f—ing tone for the home crowd.
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