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Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding

14 April 2019

All in all on the play he was hit with tripping, boarding and a game misconduct for 17 minutes of penalties in about five seconds.

Tampa now is fighting from behind, with the Blue Jackets taking a commanding 2-0 series lead in Friday night's Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The game was already out of hand Friday, another deflating Lightning loss, when defenseman Victor Hedman approached the Columbus bench to have the final word.

Kucherov had a phone hearing with the Department of Player Safety on Saturday morning and was not a part of the Lightning's line rushes during practice in preparation for a potential suspension. Kucherov scored 128 points this season (41 goals and 87 assists), the most the National Hockey League has seen since Jaromir Jagr scored 161 in 1995-96.

The league ruled that Nutivaara was in an "exposed and defenseless" position when Kucherov delivered a risky hit that drove him into the boards. Cooper said he's not expected to return for Game 3.

He has zero points through two games against Columbus though, with Steven Stamkos (98 points during the regular season-45 goals, 53 assists) and Brayden Point (92 points during the regular season-41 goals, 51 assists) each also putting up doughnuts in the scoring column for Tampa Bay thus far in the series.

Last year, the Blue Jackets went up 2-0 in the first round against Washington on the road before the Capitals won four straight and rolled on a Stanley Cup championship.

On Wednesday, Columbus took the first win of the series.

Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding