And Andreas Johnsson replaced Kadri on the first power-play unit and finished with a goal and an assist.
But thanks to a team effort similar to Game 1, with everyone from the fourth line to stars Auston Matthews and goaltender Frederik Andersen stepping up, the Leafs closed out Monday night with a 3-2 win.
Kadri and DeBrusk have developed something of a personal rivalry over the course of this young series, with the two getting tangled up Game 1 and exchanging words from their respective benches.
"He's got to compete at a high level with and without the puck".
Mike Babcock is ready to forge on without Nazem Kadri. That means the league has the option to suspend him for more than five games. He has 161 goals in 561 games, appearing in the playoffs four times.
Toronto defeated the Bruins Monday night in a nail-biter at Scotiabank Arena 3-2 to take Game 3 and a one-game lead on the B's.
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"That's what you've got to do to win", said Babcock.
After DeBrusk delivered a check to the Leafs' Patrick Marleau, Kadri went over to him and drove the shaft of his stick into the side of DeBrusk's face. They had scored a cumulative five goals in two games and allowed six.
Kadri travelled to NY for an in-person hearing, meaning the league had the option to suspend the player for more than five games.
After an impressive show in Game 1, fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't hesitate to express their disappointment following a poorly played and atrociously officiated 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
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. It would stink, it would be worthy of criticism, but you move on and bring him back next season without thinking twice about it. You've got to own your play, you've got to own your discipline, you've got to own what's going on for you. Kadri looked to be injured but no penalty was called on DeBrusk. It was their first playoff berth since 2003-04, and they likely wouldn't have made it in a full 82-game season.
Rask stopped John Tavares later in the period, but the Leafs centre was checked into the Bruins goalie by defenceman Charlie McAvoy.
The Leafs knew the Bruins wouldn't wave any white flags in the third, but Toronto gave as good as they got - and when it came down to brass tacks, Andersen was superb, keeping the Bruins off the scoresheet in the final frame. The fact that DeBrusk has been able to lure Kadri into a smashmouth competition is laughable.
Especially since those hockey talents make him so valuable that the Maple Leafs cannot afford to lose him when he inevitably does resort to those shenanigans that get him removed from the lineup.