It showed itself again in Game 2 against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night when he was ejected for cross-checking Jake DeBrusk in the side of the head, earning himself an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
The Bruins, probably mindful of a potential crackdown by the referees after the mayhem from Kadri, DeBrusk and many others in Game 2, did not come quite as hard as they did in winning that game 4-1.
"My two options would be [Marleau] or [William Nylander]", Babcock said when asked what the Maple Leafs would do at center if Kadri is suspended for Game 3. It's time for the NHL Department of Player safety to make it hurt.
"The edge for everybody's a little bit different, to be honest with you", Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said before the National Hockey League handed down its decision. His inability to control his emotions may have prevented him from playing that role, and may ultimately provide him a one-way ticket out of town.
Kadri is a player who will stand up, he can get the fire going, but he can also be a hindrance.
The crowd was electric before the national anthems were played, thanks to the presence of recently retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who waved the fan banner in a pregame ceremony that had the building rocking.
Promoted to the first power-play unit because of Kadri's suspension, Johnsson made it 3-1 with his first-career playoff goal with 2:48 left in the period when he roofed a backhand over Rask after a nice feed from Tavares as Toronto connected for a second time on the man advantage after going 0 for 4 in the first two games. He has also been fined three times - twice for diving embellishment and once for an inappropriate throat-slashing gesture.
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Kadri and DeBrusk had a running battle throughout Game 2. He is an excellent third line center and is under a good contract.
The Leafs got another power-play chance six minutes later and buried that one, too. "It's just [like] he's injured - move on". Charlie Coyle is starting to get the bounces he wasn't receiving after being traded to Boston, as he scored his second goal of the postseason, while David Krejci nabbed his first goal of Round 1 on Monday.
At some point the Maple Leafs have to ask themselves at what point he is no longer worth the hassle, because if you can't count on him to stay out of trouble at the biggest time of the year, what good is everything else that he offers? "It's our turn to come out with a push". But it has always been that way with Kadri, right from the day he was picked by the Leafs in the first round in 2009.
Boston outscored Toronto 12-4 in winning the first two games of the 2018 series, with Kadri driving the head of a vulnerable Wingels into the boards late in the opener after he hit Mitch Marner up high.
For the Maple Leafs, Michael Hutchinson (personal) is day-to-day.
"I didn't think we executed as well, weren't as crisp with the puck, and that didn't allow us to generate as much in the forecheck like we did in Game 1", Toronto forward John Tavares said. It also kept the Bruins No. 1 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak off the scoresheet at five-on-five.