Despite his skill-player status, Nazem Kadri believes throwing a few hits helps his team generate scoring opportunities and psychologically gets him more into the game.
But one body-check he threw Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre nearly took him out of the game.
“On that hit I threw on Byfuglien, I thought my sternum collapsed. I wasn’t really quite sure what was going on,” a smiling Kadri told reporters after the game. “That’s what days off are for.”
Big Buff’s Jets also got the best of the score sheet, winning 4-2.
“I’m not the biggest guy so I’m not gonna flatten a lot of people,” Kadri said, “but I’m definitely gonna work.”
Or, in this case, get worked. Watch the play:
After the collision, Byfuglien maintained possession of the puck, while a hunched-over Kadri skated to the Leafs bench.
“They gotta be one of the biggest teams in the league,” Kadri said. “They got some big boys over there, some heavy boys.”