NHL suspends Leafs’ Nazem Kadri for rest of series for hit on Jake DeBrusk

Zdeno Chara pulls Toronto's Nazem Kadri off teammate Jake DeBrusk after Kadri hit DeBrusk into the boards during the third period of Game 2.

The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for the rest of the first round for cross-checking Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk in the head.

The league announced the decision Monday not long before the two teams played Game 3 of their series in Toronto. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1.

Kadri hit DeBrusk in the third period of Boston’s 4-1 victory. The NHL had the option to suspend him for more than five games.

Kadri 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 contact with an opponent’s head.