Published: Пн, Апреля 15, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Lightning's Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding Blue Jackets' Nutivaara

Lightning's Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding Blue Jackets' Nutivaara

Superstar forward Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Tampa Bay Lightning's first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Kucherov might be this year's Hart Trophy-winner as league MVP, as he led the league with 128 points during the regular season.

Sergei Bobrovsky got the win to improve to 2-0-0 in the postseason after stopping 23 of 24 shots faced in the victory while Andrei Vasilevskiy took the L, falling to 0-2-0 after allowing all 5 goals on 27 shots faced in the losing effort.

It looks like Yanni Gourde will move up and to be one of Stamkos' flanks on the Lightning's top line Sunday night. He did not record a point in either game and was a minus-2.

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Kucherov will be missing his first game of the season.

The Lightning forward, who led the National Hockey League with 128 points during the regular season, was assessed a two-minute tripping penalty, five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct. His absence would be another notable one, but there's some optimism he'll play Game 3.

Chirping and trash talking are part of sports, and there's no doubt frustration set in for the Lightning, which stunningly fell into a 0-2 hole in this-best-of-seven series ("A five-alarm fire", as coach Jon Cooper put it). The DOPS determined that on the play, Kucherov skated toward the "defenseless Nutivaara, lowered himself for contact, and drives him into the boards", according to a video explanation released on Saturday.

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