The NHL suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri for three games on Thursday for his hit on Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Wednesday night's game.
Kadri collided with Backstrom while charging the net midway through the first period and used a forearm to deliver a blow to the goalie's head.
Backstrom stayed in the game for a short time before he was replaced by backup Josh Harding in the Wild's 2-1 shootout victory. Kadri received a two-minute minor for goaltender interference.
Kadri committed another offense later in the game. He received a major penalty and game misconduct when he hit Wild center Mikael Granlund.
In addition to the suspension, Kadri was fined $44,615.37.
The Maple Leafs were already short-handed at center with Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland sidelined by injuries.