Niklas Backstrom injury: Leaves game shortly after hit from Nazem Kadri

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sport

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was injured on Wednesday night after this big hit from Nazem Kadri.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had to leave early in the first period on Wednesday night shortly after he was on the receiving end of a brutal hit from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri.

Kadri was given a two-minute minor for goaltender interference, which seems like an understatement.

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Backstrom initially stayed in the game but ended up leaving a few minutes later. He was replaced by Josh Harding.

In six games this season Backstrom has a .871 save percentage to go with a 1-1-2 record for the Wild.

The fact Backstrom had to leave the game probably isn't going to help Kadri when it comes to any potential discipline from the league.

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