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Kostka diagnosed with concussion following Murray hit

Apr 2, 2014, 11:56 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning have updated the health of Mike Kostka following last night’s ugly hit from Douglas Murray — Kostka suffered a concussion on the play and has no timetable for a potential return.

Here’s the hit, again, if you missed it:

Murray was given a match penalty and tossed from the game, and will have a telephone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety today for potential suspension and/or fine.

Bolts head coach Jon Cooper took a balanced approach in response to the hit.

“It’s a fast game, it’s an instinctive game, and those are the things we’re trying to take out of the game,” he said, per the Bolts’ website. “I’m sure Murray wasn’t looking to hit him in the head.

“I think maybe he thought Mike was going to get around him, I don’t know.”

  1. thegreatmorpheos - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    What would the hearing be for? Chara had no hearing when he broke Pacioretty’s neck on a dirty play and Lucic had nothing when he ran over the goalie Miller on another dirty play.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Well it’s already been established that the Bruins get away with murder(almost literally) so you can’t use those as examples.

      In all seriousness though, terrible oversights in the past by the league can’t be used in reference to further potential punishment, because then almost no one would ever get suspensions. At some point we need to move on from the past and put an end to stuff like this in the future, regardless of whether or not it was accurately enforced before.

    • nhbsfan - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Get the violin…STAT!

    • matt14gg - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Chara and Lucic’s hits were nothing more than two minute penalties. Murray threw an elbow into Kostka’s head. He’ll get 2-3 (well deserved) games. You should learn the game. It is that sort of biased ignorance that is ruining the greatest game in the world.

    • amerika1313 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      What does this story have to do with the Bruins?

      • amerika1313 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Instead of just giving it a thumbs down, why not answer the question? It’s not rhetorical. I legitimately would like to know why what I assume is a Canadiens fan would post a message on a story about a Canadiens player facing a suspension for an elbow to the head of a Lightning player, by sarcastically dragging out Bruins-related incidents from multiple seasons ag… Oh, wait. I guess I just answered my own question. Strike that.

    • ajsjr40 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      I believe Chara’s hit was legal and the stanchion in Montreal got in the way of Paccioretty. Miller was thirty feet out of the net and was playing defense.

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Neither Chara’s nor Lucic’s incidents were in any way like this one. I’m not going to argue either incident here because it’s already been done 10,000 times.

      But to answer your question, the hearing would be for raising his elbow to hit Kostka in the face. This actually needs to be more than a phone hearing; Shanahan’s history of banning players for lengthy periods due to the injuries that occur ought to be enough to warrant an in-person.

  2. matt14gg - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    I enjoyed hearing Tony Marinaro this morning on Montreal sports radio saying he thought the Canadiens may benefit from the Murray hit, because when the Habs play the Lightning in the 1st round (which is pretty much locked in) it will cause the Lightning players to think twice about coming through the middle.

    It just goes to show (once again) that Montreal fans and commentators don’t really care all that much about getting unnecessary violence out of the game…they just don’t like when it happens to one of their own guys. There is a reason Montreal and Vancouver fan-bases (as well as media) are considered a laughing stock by the rest of the league. They couldn’t care less about making the game safer, they just don’t like their teams getting their asses kicked constantly.

    • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      I’m not sure it says that about the fans, but it does represent the culture in some way, I’d agree completely. I’ve thought that several times this year, especially about the Boston culture when in a one point game they lost, they gave the third star to a guy that hurt two Montreal players…kind of made me sick a little bit.

      Hypocrisy is another one of those traits that blinds a lot of us, as hockey fans. Our guys are all good, the other guys are all bad.

      • matt14gg - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        The guy who got the 3rd star had a goal and an assist. Are they not supposed to point that out because two guys got hurt? Now I would agree that the night the Flyers made Ray Emery the first star when he took on a guy that didn’t want to fight (Braden Holtby) and hurt him…that was despicable.

        As far as I know there is only one team (and one fan base) to date who has actually called out their own player publicly for a bad hit…that would be the Bruins, and they have done it on more than one occasion. They did it with Brad Marchand and they did it when Daniel Paille (one of the cleanest players in the league mind you) hit Ray Sawada. That isn’t hypocrisy, that’s accountability…something that a few teams north of the border could use.

      • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        Bro, WHAT are you talking about?

        3rd Star:
        Kevan Miller
        DG: 0 Shots: 1
        A: 0 Hits: 1
        PTS: 0 PIM: 7
        +/-: 0 TOI: 13:09

        This is all the same. We all love our heros and wear the underoos…what the Boston media did is NO better than what Philly did. And no, Boston is not the only fan base that has ever called out their own players for hits they didn’t like, it happens all the time. No offense but “As far as I know” was the truest part of that statement. They are certainly no more honorable than any other club.

      • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        And also, Shawn Thornton gave a truly accountable and remorseful statement about what he did to Orpik. At least there’s that. I was extremely disgusted with Thornton and was glad he got 15 games. However, if he gets 15 games, the bar for other suspensions should be raised as well. Thornton had no history either, though admittedly what he did was 1) well after the whistle, and 2) absolutely not a hockey play in any way.

      • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        hockey412, delivering a 2-minute cross check and whipping someone’s butt in a fight hardly qualifies as dirty. What Murray did is in a different time zone.

      • hockey412 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        Oh hell I’m not comparing the two. I would put Murray’s penalty on par with the cross-check, though, in both cases there was a player injured at the hands of an illegal play. I don’t think they are in different time zones. But I’m not at all saying that Murray’s was better or worse than any other move, just stating to matt14 that it is not just the Montreal culture that does what he says it does (actually I don’t think Montreal normally does celebrate injuring other players).

    • sabatimus - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      The Chara investigation is further evidence of how hypocritical the organization is.

      • matt14gg - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        Agreed and it wasn’t just an utter embarrassment for an entire organization and fanbase…it was an embarrassment for the game of hockey. That whole thing was shameful and it will take years to live down the idea that a Montreal officials, media and fans tried to have a man sent to prison for a two minute penalty.

  3. jb8588 - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    And of course like most of the Lightning teams in recent years, nobody actually goes after Murray for that. Yeah Johnson & Weaver were kinda going at it, but as a Bolts fan it’s sad to see this stuff happen to our team and yet the others don’t do jack to backup their own. I’m so glad the team finally had a guy like Gudas in the fold cause otherwise this team will just lie down when it comes to this stuff….just ask Ovi when he started doing his “stick on fire” crap next to our goalie on our own ice but guys like Malone, etc. just stand there and don’t do a thing.

    • convincedofthehex - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      That’s why trading Lady Bing to the Rangers wasn’t such a bad idea.

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    The Chara hit is up in the air. One can argue that is just poor planning on the design of the benches. Since the curved glass we still see players get checked into it. Thankfully now they just bounce off and do a 180. As for the Lucic running Miller? 2 minutes at best. Miller was almost in the faceoff circle and stood up to absorb the hit he knew was coming from lucic. In that situation Miller needs to sit back and do what he is paid to do, stop the shot. Too bad Lucic had lost control of the puck and would not have even gotten a dangerous shot on net.

    Like states above, you canno’t use prior incidents from other teams to determine a suspension for another. Right now they have to look at Murray’s non existent history and determine how many games is the right call. I stand by my assumption of 3 games.

  5. packerswin96 - Apr 2, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Why did the doctor/training staff let Kostka skate off on his own? Hope he gets better soon.

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