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

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka (21) is treated by trainers after being knocked unconscious by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray (not pictured) at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Murray was ejected for the hit.

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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.

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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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