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Canadiens defenceman Murray suspended three games for hit on Lightning's Kostka

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 2:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Canadiens defenceman Murray suspended three games for hit on Lightning's Kostka

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray for three games for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Michael Kostka.

The incident occurred with 2:13 left in regulation of the Lightning's 3-1 home win over the Canadiens on Tuesday. Murray was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head on the play.

Kostka was on the ice for several minutes after the hit. A stretcher was brought out, but Kostka left the ice on his own power.

The Lightning say Kostka has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Murray will forfeit $23,076.93 in salary. He will return for Montreal's second-last regular-season game next Thursday at home to the New York Islanders.

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