NHL fines Toronto's Nazem Kadri for throat-slash gesture

Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri on Thursday was fined $5,000 -- the maximum amount allowed under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement -- for his throat-slash gesture in a game Tuesday night at Calgary.

Kadri made the gesture toward Mark Giordano after taking a huge, but clean, body check from the Calgary Flames' captain.

Kadri was furious after the hit, and replays showed him making the throat-slashing gesture toward Giordano.

"Sometimes you make mistakes," Kadri told reporters Wednesday. "It was an emotional reaction. I was in a vulnerable position. Sometimes you have to take a hit and act in a professional manner."

Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said during a radio appearance Wednesday that the club had spoken to Kadri about the gesture.

"I thought it was a good hit. He got upset and got carried away for a second," coach Mike Babcock said Wednesday. "You can't do that, [but] he did. That's over with and you move on. No harm done."

After the game Tuesday night, Kadri said he didn't even "remember really doing [it].''

"I was kind of in and out a little bit after that hit. Just furious. It was an emotional reaction, and that's about it,'' Kardi told reporters.

Kadri did undergo concussion protocol during the game but was cleared to return, a source said.

Former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton was suspended one game in September 2010 for making a throat-slashing gesture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.