Nikita Kucherov Suspended one Game

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Nikita Kucherov Suspended one Game


Nikita Kucherov Suspended one Game


The National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety has suspended Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star forward Nikita Kucherov one game for his dirty hit on Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara. In my humble opinion, I think this dangerous hit warrants a two-game suspension.

The Lightning trail the Blue Jackets 2-0 and head to Columbus for game three without their leading scorer.

I think you get the picture.

The Department of Player Safety ruled that Kucherov delivered “a dangerous hit on a player in an exposed, defenseless position.” It also ruled the Kucherov’s hit is an example of message sending, coming late in a game against an opponent the Lightning will face again on Sunday. (

Kucherov’s hit has been compared to the hit that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri’s put on the Bruins forward Tommy Wingels last season, during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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