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Suspension-worthy? Maple Leafs’ Kadri gets revenge on Bruins’ DeBrusk

Nazem Kadri retaliates after Jake DeBrusk checks Patrick Marleau and receives a penalty for the high check that sends DeBrusk to the ice.

During last year’s Round 1 series, Nazem Kadri was suspended three games against the Boston Bruins. The Toronto Maple Leafs have good reason to wonder if history might repeat itself after Game 2 of their series in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Kadri briefly left Game 2 during the second period, as he was hurt after colliding knee-to-knee with Jake DeBrusk. It ended what was a violent second period, but that wasn’t the end of the violence between Kadri and DeBrusk.

Kadri was able to return in the third period, and even gave the Maple Leafs a bit of life with a goal. That’s not the part that will stand out to many, however, as he was ejected after an ugly, high hit to the head of DeBrusk. You can watch that hit in the video above this post’s headline, while the knee-to-knee can be seen here:

After the Bruins’ 4-1 Game 2 win to tie the series 1-1, NBC analyst Keith Jones called for Kadri to be suspended for a whopping 10 games. Do you agree? If not, what kind of punishment - if any - should Kadri receive?

Maple Leafs - Bruins Game 3 from Scotiabank Arena takes place Monday night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN (Live stream)

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.