Giving Kadri the opportunity for an in-person meeting with the player safety department means he can be suspended more than five games.
Kadri, who was not made available to the media Saturday, was banned three games for boarding on Bruins winger Tommy Wingels in the opener of last year's seven-game defeat to Boston.
With six minutes remaining in what was a rough Game 2 of the first-round series between the clubs, Kadri took exception to DeBrusk's hard hit on Patrick Marleau. The Bruins forward was already hot because of a hit the Leafs centre threw in the previous game that he deemed dirty. "Game 3, he should drop the gloves with DeBrusk and go toe-to-toe at center ice, set the f-ing tone for the home crowd".
Toronto will need their goaltender to stay strong if they want a shot at retaking the series lead and with most of the bounces seemingly going in the favor of the Bruins in Game 2 look for that to even out a bit even though we can also expect a bit of a regression in Andersen's play in this one.
Kadri and DeBrusk had been battling all game, and emotions began to boil over in the second period when Kadri went down after a knee-on-knee collision with his opponent. They jumped on the Leafs early and didn't give their players any time to breathe.
Since the hit, I've seen a lot of silly whataboutisms on Twitter.
DeBrusk didn't play another shift and commented about the hit after the contest. Boston won the season series with the Maple Leafs, posting wins in three of four meetings, but owns a dismal 2-7 straight-up record in its last nine trips to Toronto, according to the OddsShark NHL Database. "He is a young player growing in the National Hockey League and growing at playoff time and these are huge challenges and good challenges for him".
Kadri's hit on DeBrusk could be seen as retaliatory. Any comeback hopes ended, however, after Kadri's play, which merited a game misconduct and a major power play on which Patrice Bergeron added Boston's final goal. After Kadri got out of the box for another minor - this time for hooking Brad Marchand - he collided knee-on-knee with Debrusk while cutting through the offensive zone.
"As a kid I just always stirred it up like that and always thought it tastes better", said the 21-year-old. Kadri is a repeat offender and obviously hasn't learned his lesson. "Looking back on it, shoulder-to-shoulder".
"I don't get that surprised at playoff time". No penalty was called.
Krug did not return, but the Bruins scored just 11 seconds later when William Nylander inexplicably lost the puck at the side of Toronto's net, leaving an easy tap-in for Heinen at 10:39.