Leafs' Kadri gives opponent's stick the Bautista bat flip treatment (VIDEO)

Nov 17 2018, 12:45 am

Jose Bautista’s bat flip may have inspired a generation, and not just in the sport of baseball.

Following a back-and-forth exchange with San Jose Sharks forward Melker Karlsson on Thursday, Nazem Kadri channelled his inner Joey Bats.

Moments after a solid body check on Evander Kane, the Toronto Maple Leafs forward drove Karlsson into the end boards. Some gloved punches were exchanged, before Kadri decided to grab Karlsson’s stick and chuck it to the side.

Kadri and Karlsson were each assessed double minors for roughing.

This wasn’t the only bit of rough stuff that Kadri was involved in on the night, as the Sharks appeared to be seeking some form of retribution for Kadri’s fight with Joe Thornton last season.

The fight resulted in a chunk of Thornton’s beard being ripped out.

San Jose was fired up, but it didn’t help them on the scoreboard, as the Leafs won 5-3.

“They may have been a little too worried about the wrong thing,” Kadri told reporters after the big win.

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