Maple Leafs fall to Wild in shootout

Leafs forward Nazem Kadri collides with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom during first period NHL action...

Leafs forward Nazem Kadri collides with Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom during first period NHL action in Saint Paul, Minn., on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:55 PM ET

SAINT PAUL, MINN. - It was a knockout night for the goalies in the Twin Cities and perhaps most significantly for feisty Leafs forward Nazem Kadri as well.

In the Toronto end, you had Jonathan Bernier providing the latest salvo in the riveting one-two punch that is the Leafs goaltending as he had a huge night to keep his penalty-challenged team in it.

In the Minnesota end, you had Nicklas Backstrom getting steamrolled by Leafs forward Nazem Kadri in the first period, ultimately chasing the wonky Wild goaltender from the game.

In the end, the Wild prevailed 2-1 in a shootout as they tied the score late in the third period, one in which they had nine minutes of power-play time, thanks in large part to Kadri. Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout while the Leafs shooters were blanked.

The hot topic of discussion around the league office on Thursday, however, will be the forearm/elbow of Kadri with a suspension certainly a strong possibility.


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