Burns was given a game misconduct in the closing seconds of Minnesota's 2-1 loss to the Panthers Friday in Sunrise, Fla. The Wild defenseman hit Bernier in the face with the butt-end of his stick, opening a large, bloody gash.
Media reports indicated Bernier suffered facial fractures that will require surgery.
Burns told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune the play was unintentional, saying, "I don't know how it happened. I don't know. It happened. I said sorry. I just saw he was bleeding there. I didn't mean to do that."
The Wild's top-scoring blueliner has five goals and four assists in 15 games this season and also leads the team with 29 penalty minutes.