The Toronto Maple Leafs bench was furious about this non call and after seeing the slow motion replay and the after effects of the incident I can certainly understand why.
The Maple Leafs were back at TD Garden on Saturday for Game 2 of their first round series against the Boston Bruins in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs and you knew that the Bruins would be looking for a big bounce back after losing the first game of the series on home ice. That is exactly how things looked in the opening period of Game 2 as the Bruins completely dominated the play in the opening 20 minutes, both in terms of the physicality on the ice as well as up on the scoreboard.
The Bruins would break out to a huge 2 - 0 lead in the first period but it was arguably their physical play that truly set the tone for the first period and it may have been that level of physicality that caught the Maple Leafs a little unawares. Perhaps the most notable Boston Bruin in this regard was forward Jake DeBrusk, pretty impressive when you consider the fact that there were serious doubts about whether or not he would even be healthy enough to play in tonight's game. DeBrusk made his presence felt early mixing it up with multiple members of the Maple Leafs roster including one particularly notable incident a little over midway through the first period when he and Maple Leafs agitator Nazem Kadri traded some jabs and both got sent to cool off in the penalty box.
Unfortunately for the Leafs that would do little to temper DeBrusk's antics however as it was not much later that he would deliver a pretty rough cheap shot to the face of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott. That occurred during a scrum late in the first period as both teams were going at each other after the whistle, and at first no one but Dermott seemed to notice. Dermott could be seen barking at the NHL officials after the two sides had been separated, but it wasn't until the replay was made available that we could see the elbow that left his face, and his jersey, a mess.