Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been paying close attention to some of the eyebrow-raising results early in the National Hockey League playoffs.
Toronto got on top of Boston's defence in Game 1 with its speed.
Kadri, who was not made available to the media Saturday, was banned three games for boarding on Bruins winger Tommy Wingels in the opener of last year's seven-game defeat to Boston.
"It's disappointing for Naz, it's disappointing for our team", Babcock said. We've got to be much better, we understand that, we know that. We've got to match that intensity. "We're focused on that and will get ready for tonight".
The Blue Jackets stunned the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning with consecutive road wins while the Blues did the same against the Jets in Winnipeg.
"You have to play real hard and look after yourself, but you can't cross the line", Toronto head coach Mike Babcock said on a conference call with reporters Sunday. "As the league has got tighter and tighter, the separation between top and bottom is nearly nothing". "I didn't see it and haven't reviewed it because it was down the wall from us".
Now that the Maple Leafs will most likely be without Kadri in Game 3 and beyond, they have to prepare a lineup without him. "I was already committed to the hit", Kadri said at the time. "Mitchy's Mitchy. He's just going to do his thing". He got in a fight, scored a goal, suffered what appeared to be a devastating injury, made a sudden recovery, and committed a high-sticking penalty that will certainly earn him a suspension. "The referees let a lot of stuff go obviously, but in the end you can't let that get in the way of doing what you're doing".
"They came out, they played well, and they do that every single time", Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said.
Don't expect John Tavares and Auston Matthews to play like they did on Saturday night and William Nylander should be looking to make amends after a brutal giveaway on the third Bruins goal.
"If not, don't beat ourselves".
The atmosphere in TD Garden was what we expected as well, especially after it was tepid 48 hours earlier.
Speaking of ice, Marner was also asked about a video from the NHL's "Stanley Cup Confidential" series posted to Twitter that showed him mixing ice cream and chocolate sauce into a soupy mess as part of his pre-game preparations. Now, maybe in the end, when you look at it and it says 4-0 or 4-1, you didn't think it was competitive, but usually every game is ultra-competitive.