Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri looked ornery when he got to his feet after being knocked down by Detroit Red Wings’ Luke Glendening. His actions that followed have him in trouble with the NHL.
The league announced Kadri has a hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Monday for cross-checking Glendening in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 victory by Detroit. The incident began with Kadri and the Red Wings center battling to the left of the Toronto net. Glendening swiped at Kadri with him crouched over, knocking the Leaf player to the ice. As Glendening skated toward the Toronto net, the now helmet-less Kadri gathered himself, made a bee line to his opponent and cross-checked him in the side of the head.
Kadri was issued a minor penalty on the play, at 7:23 of the second period. Glendening, who recorded a first-period assist, remained in the game.
Kadri was fined $5,000 for diving on Friday for two separate infractions in March. He had previously been issued a warning for an embellishment call he received in a Feb. 4 game against the New Jersey Devils. Kadri was also fined this season for a throat-slashing gesture he made towards Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano in February.
Kadri is considered a repeat offender. He was given a four-game suspension in March 2015 for an illegal check to the head on then-Edmonton Oilers blueliner Mark Fraser.
Kadri was also banned for three games in November 2013 for running into Minnesota Wild netminder Niklas Backstrom. The 25-year-old forward has 17 goals and 45 points in 76 games and will be a restricted free agent in July.