VIDEO: Nazem Kadri ejected for hits to Mikael Granlund, Nik Backstrom
Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri could be in trouble for two separate hits from Wednesday night's game against the Wild, one resulting in an injury to Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom.
The Leafs' centerman had quite a busy night Wednesday in Minnesota. In the first period he was given a two-minute minor for goaltender interference but it could have been much worse. Kadri came crashing through the crease and appeared to deliver an elbow right to the head of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. Backstrom was down on the ice for a bit and eventually left the game, leaving it up to Josh Harding.
Watch the replays, expecially the reverse angle, and it doesn't look good at all for Kadri.
Kadri didn't stop there, though. In the third period with a little less than 12 minutes to go, Kadri was assessed another penalty, the second a major penalty and a game misconduct for a high hit on Wild forward Mikael Granlund up against the boards.
Granlund was OK and did remain in the game but obviously the same couldn't be said about Kadri, who was sent to the dressing room.
For the record, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle didn't think Kadri's hit on Granlund was all that bad, saying Granlund's head was down and the contact was in the body. However he didn't change the position of head just prior to or simultaneously with the hit, something the league looks at. It's close and the league will disect it like all plays.
Now obviously if Kadri is called by the league (and he most likely will be) he won't actually get two suspensions. However the two hits combined could mean a pretty strong punishment for Kadri because he leaves neither of those encouters looking good. Though it would be something if there were in fact two suspensions because by the time the second one were handed down, he'd be a repeat offender.
The Wild ended up winning the game in a shootout, 2-1.
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