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.
Moments earlier, DeBrusk hit Leafs veteran Patrick Marleau into the boards.
"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."
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.