By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Jake DeBrusk got into plenty of rough stuff with Nazem Kadri on Saturday. Some may describe DeBrusk's actions as "dirty". But maybe the last person you'd want to hear comment on that is Sean Avery.
The former NHL agitator, arguably the most hated player of his generation, posted a video to his social media account during Game 2 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs, which Boston won 4-1 to even their opening round playoff series 1-1. Kadri has an in-person hearing on Monday to determine whether he'll be suspended for a cross-check to DeBrusk's face. That will almost certainly be the case.
But what precipitated Kadri's cheap shot was a dangerous hit by DeBrusk himself. The Bruins winger had just driven Leafs winger Patrick Marleau into the stanchion post, which could have inevitably gotten him in trouble. Kadri, obviously, took it to another level with his egregious cross-check. That might do him in for the rest of the series, if not more.
Anyway, Avery is here to tell you that someone else is being dirty. Here's what he had to say about DeBrusk's hit to Marleau, via his Instagram page:
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) April 14, 2019
"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 added when Bruins fans prodded him about it.
Kadri and DeBrusk had been going at it since Game 1. They also had a knee-on-knee collision earlier in the game. But it wasn't necessarily intentional by DeBrusk, because Kadri tried to jump out of the way of his shoulder prior to the knee contact. But obviously Kadri was frustrated and it boiled over. And it's no surprise that Avery is on his side.
Anyone who watched the NHL in the 2000s knows that it's laughable for Avery to be any sort of moral arbiter over what is and isn't dirty. It's not the least bit surprising that he felt DeBrusk got what he deserved when Kadri gave him a stick to the face. Avery's reputation is well-documented, and it's not a good one. It's like Bernie Madoff finger-wagging a corrupt banker for running a Ponzi scheme.
Most others who assessed the incident agreed that Kadri deserves a hefty suspension, especially considering his own history. It's an in-person hearing so NHL Player Safety wanted the option to suspend him more than five games. You have to think that'll be the minimum.
Can't wait to see Avery's reaction when the suspension comes down.
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