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Video: Kadri knocks Wild’s Backstrom out of game

Nov 13, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri drew ire and plenty of criticism for a collision with Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on Wednesday.

Here’s early video of the hit, which earned Kadri a minor penalty for goalie interference:

Backstrom, 35, tried to play through the pain but eventually made way for Josh Harding. That might sound like a blessing in disguise for Minnesota because Harding’s been so dominant, but Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston points out that the 29-year-old was feeling ill this morning. So it’s not exactly an ideal situation.

We’ll see if the NHL eventually decides if Kadri, 23, deserves supplemental discipline. The Wild also have time to enact their own form of “discipline,” too, as the game is far from over.

It appears that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo isn’t very happy with the hit, for one:

  1. shortsxit34 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Just waiting for the “Lucic” or “Wild are soft” comments…

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Huh? Kadri hit the goalie in the crease

      • mp1131211 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM

        What’s your point? He tried to take Backstrom’s head off his shoulders.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        I don’t see what Lucic has to do with this. There’s no case to be made for hitting a goalie in the crease whereas one can be made when when a goalie is playing the puck at the faceoff dot.

  2. mnwildfan15 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    That should have been a game misconduct!! He didn’t just run him he aimed for his head with his fore arm. The worst part is they haven’t even tried to go after Kadri, yet.

    • withseidelinn - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      I don’t suppose your opinion is biased?

      • lordfletcher - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:45 PM

        “I don’t suppose your opinion is biased?”

        his point is still valid. Thanks for the worthless post

    • lordfletcher - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      Kadri has had to high illegal hits.

      He should have been kicked out during this hit against Backs

      and now is kicked out for hitting Granlund high.

      enjoy getting suspended

  3. 97wild - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Pure Jacka$$ian move by Kadri. Hope he leaves on a stretcher!!

  4. thehabsnation - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Kadr deserves justice, and I mean from the Wild not the league. Disgusting.

  5. imleftcoast - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Is that Kadri barreling? Looked like another Maple Leafs chicken wing. Last time, it was Kadri who got hit by Lupul who was trying to knock out Henrik Sedin.

  6. jhuck92 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    I don’t like high hits, but goalies wear masks that block pucks going at a faster speed and impacting with a smaller area. No doubt Backstrom was shaken up — it looks like he hit the back of his head. However, I think he sold that call (just a little) by spreading out and laying motionless on the ice like an old Wile E. Coyote cartoon.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I’m curious why you think pucks to the head don’t hurt…they do

    • shortsxit34 - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      You clearly have no idea how goalie masks work…

      • jhuck92 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Want to enlighten me?

  7. shortsxit34 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    You know what pisses me off? Miller gets knocked over and his team does nothing. Backstrom gets steamrolled and his team does nothing. But whenever there’s a huge *clean* hit, there’s a fight and the hitter has to defend himself for no reason.

  8. pxland - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    No one goes after Kadri? Hi-larious.

  9. 19to77 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Oh, f**k that. You do not make that hit and get away without dropping the gloves.

  10. vikingapologist - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Youngblood would have beaten him up after he learned how to fight! Pathetic

  11. charlieconway96 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Seems like an odd path to try to take, straight through the crease. Absolutely zero effort to avoid the goalie.

  12. shortsxit34 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    For anybody not watching the game: Kadri just received a match penalty for another play. He took a run and drilled Mikael Granlund’s head into the glass. 100% principle point of contact, he wasn’t even close to making contact with Granlund’s body.

  13. joey4id - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    If Backstrom’s head would have been any lower they would have called a minor penalty on Kadri for kneeing. No suspension.

    • ThatGuy - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Yep. Goalies should never be allowed to butterfly in the crease. Just asking for trouble.

      • joey4id - Nov 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        Really! That’s the best you can come up with. My point was that Kadri’s elbow wasn’t high, and yes he pushed through with his arm by his side. Not sure it’s deserving of a suspension.

      • ThatGuy - Nov 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

        Well your point was porrly made. It doesn’t matter where Kadri’s elbow was or where Backstrom’s head was. You can’t check a goalie. The same standards of looking at body positioning at the time of the check don’t apply, because ANY hit on the goalie is a penalty.

        He tried to go through Backstrom in the crease, with no one pushing him or angling him into the goalie. You can’t do that and its a suspension 10 out of 10 times.

  14. clarke16 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Shanny will look at the incidents collectively–and that doesn’t bode well for Kadri. Two separate incidents in the same game. Two proactive acts of penalized aggression with the principal point of contact in both to the head and with one to a goaltender safely within his crease with follow-through to the head. 5 games.

  15. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Read thru the comments, and what nobody has pointed out was how absolutely foolish/reckless it was – not just in regards to the players he tried to take out, but his own team.

    They were in contention, lost TWO centers, trying to hold on, and now he does TWO suspendable stunts?

    HIS team would be justified pounding on him – after all, he’ll have time to recover and think.

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