The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round of the playoffs for cross-checking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the head.
The decision was announced Monday, shortly before Game 3 of the best-of-seven series that is knotted 1-1.
Kadri hit DeBrusk in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 victory Saturday. He was offered an in-person hearing by the NHL, meaning the league had the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It is the fifth suspension of Kadri’s career. He was banned three games for boarding in the opener of last year’s series with the Bruins and has had seven previous hearings with the NHL since 2013. All four of his previous suspensions involved