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.
Kadri, who was banned three games in last year's first-round series against the Bruins following an ugly boarding penalty, scored for Toronto four minutes before the final incident with DeBrusk that resulted in a five-minute major and a game misconduct.
Several Maple Leafs players made available after Saturday's game said they did not see Kadri's hit on DeBrusk from a proper angle and therefore did not want to comment on it.
Leafs head coach Mike Babcock switched up his top two lines and mixed his defence pairings looking for a spark.
That mobile Leafs team that skated circles around the Bruins to start the series was not the same Leafs team that showed up Saturday.
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"That first 10 minutes, they were physical, tried to make a statement", Leafs centre Auston Matthews said. Game 3 of the best-of-seven matchup goes Monday at Scotiabank Arena.
Boston then went ahead on another Toronto defensive miscue at 16:04 when Muzzin whiffed on the puck with his glove in the neutral zone.
DeBrusk delivered a hard hit on Toronto's Patrick Marleau, and was standing near the boards when Kadri hit him high with his stick. Pastrnak promptly fed a no-look-behind-the-back pass on a 2-on-1 to Marchand, who delayed before sliding a shot through Andersen's pads as Boston led 24-12 in shot attempts after one.
Kadri returned in the third period and scored Toronto's lone goal. As Kadri exited the penalty box and attempted to rejoin play, DeBrusk appeared to try to lay a body check on the Leafs' center but instead hit him knee-on-knee. I think we were tonight. Obviously Kadri stayed down.
Bergeron scored on the ensuing power play at 15:03 as the Leafs now turn their attention to Game 3 _ likely without Kadri.
But the most controversial moments of violence revolved around Nazem Kadri, and his actions might force him to miss some time, too.