Kadri gets better of old coach in Maple Leafs' win

Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri (right) and New Jersey Devils' Ryan Carter get tangled up during Monday's...

Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri (right) and New Jersey Devils' Ryan Carter get tangled up during Monday's game in Toronto. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:46 AM ET

TORONTO - For one brief moment on Monday night, foe became friend.

For one brief moment, Peter DeBoer looked at Nazem Kadri and saw the gem he helped develop from a raw kid years ago with the Kitchener Rangers, not the dangerous Maple Leafs forward who was trying to defeat his New Jersey Devils.

And when the teacher, for that one brief moment, locked eyes with his former student, he flashed Kadri a smile.

Here’s where the discrepancy comes in.

According to DeBoer, it happened once.

“Ya, I gave him one before he started (producing points) against us,” DeBoer admitted after Kadri’s goal and assist led the Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the Devils.

Kadri saw it differently.

“He gave me a couple of grins from the bench,” Kadri said.

A couple?

DeBoer said it was only one.


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