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Leafs’ centre Nazem Kadri suspended 3 games

Kadri suspended
Toronto Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during first period NHL action in Toronto, Saturday October 5, 2013. Mark Blinch / The Canadian Press

NEW YORK – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been given a three-game suspension by the National Hockey League.

Kadri hit Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom in the head in the first period of Wednesday’s game at Minnesota.

Kadri received a minor penalty for goaltender interference on the play.

Later in the game, Kadri was given a match penalty for hitting Minnesota’s Mikael Granlund in the head.

The Wild went on to defeat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout.

Kadri, who has 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 18 games this season, will forfeit US$44,615.37 in salary.

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