It would seem that there is some sort of justice out there for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced earlier this morning that Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray will face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday to answer for his illegal check to the head on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka.
It was definitely a scary scene at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last night. Late in the third period, with the Lightning up 2-1 over the Canadiens, Kostka was moving the puck into the Canadiens’ defensive zone when he was absolutely railed by Murray.
Thankfully, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos reacted quickly by getting the attention of the Lightning’s medical team. Unfortunately, it took the refs a little longer to respond.
Kostka lay on the ice for quite a while before moving at all. The stretcher was brought out to the ice; however, thankfully Kostka was able to somehow get to his feet and with a little help from Victor Hedman, he was able to make it off the ice under his own power. Unfortunately for the Bolts, Kostka would be done for the night.
According to the NHL Department of Player Safety, the grounds being proposed for supplemental discipline is illegal check to the head; however, they reserve the right to make adjustments to the infractions as they see fit upon further review.
One would like to believe that the hit was unintentional, but it is hard to come to that conclusion when you watch the video. Murray brings his elbow up and catches Kostka right in the head.
Take a look for yourself.