Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for his hit to Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

Kadri ran over Backstrom seven minutes into the game, and his elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head. Backstrom lay on the ice for about 30 seconds before sitting up. He eventually left the game with what Minnesota called an upper-body injury.

Kadri explained what happened during the first intermission of Wednesday's NHL on TSN broadcast.

"I think I just got a little too in tight," said Kadri. "I saw Lupes turn around and I actually tipped the puck and I think it hit the post and just as I was trying to get the rebound I just ran out of real estate."