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Maple Leafs’ Clifford to have phone hearing with NHL over Game 1 hit

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Kyle Clifford may have to pay a little more for the ill-advised hit in Game 1 against Tampa Bay’s Ross Colton.

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The Leafs’ fourth line, a former Stanley Cup champion with Los Angeles, took Colton blind in the first period in the boards with the puck already on the ice. He received five minutes and a game misconduct and learned Tuesday that he will have a telephone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

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Clifford has already encountered DOPS in recent days, after hitting the Lightning’s Corey Perry over the head with his stick during a scrimmage at the teams’ final regular-season meeting in Tampa. Clifford was fined $2,500 (US) by the league.

Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe made no secret that Clifford’s hit on Monday was “a bad call,” but said he wouldn’t hesitate to put him back in the lineup because of his “physicality” in the lineup. what will continue to be an intense series.

After Clifford left, the nastiness escalated, culminating in a third-period brawl that pushed the night’s total penalty minutes to 122.

But rather than falling behind as the Lightning started a five-minute power play after Clifford’s lapse in judgment, the Leafs allowed just two shots and used the energy of that effort and the home crowd to pick up a 5-0 win.

Game 2 is Wednesday in Toronto.

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