Canadiens' Douglas Murray suspended for 'nasty' elbow

Mike Kostka of the Tampa Bay Lightning lies motionless after being knocked out by Douglas Murray of...

Mike Kostka of the Tampa Bay Lightning lies motionless after being knocked out by Douglas Murray of the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 1, 2014. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images/AFP)

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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray has been suspended three games for a hit to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning blueliner Mike Kostka, the NHL announced Thursday.

The incident occurred late in the third period of Tuesday’s game. Kostka skated into the Habs' zone and made a short pass before Murray delivered the knockout blow.

Kostka suffered a concussion on the play and is out indefinitely.

“Murray rises up and delivers a forceful blow to Kostka’s head, making it the main point of contact and causing a serious injury,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety said in a video explaining the suspension.

Shortly after the game, Kostka received an apology from Murray for the hit.

“Classy move,” Kostka told the Bolts website Thursday. “I don't think he had malicious intent, but needless to say it was a bad hit.”

Kostka said after he was taken off the ice it took about 20 minutes before he realized what was going on. He had no recollection of the hit but watched a replay.

“It was a pretty nasty, scary-looking hit,” Kostka said. “I’m thankful I’m standing today.”


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