Video: Bolts’ Nesterov tossed for hitting from behind (Update: McKenzie hospitalized)
Bit of nastiness in the second period of tonight’s Bolts-Stars game in Tampa Bay.
Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov, playing in just his second game of the season, was given a major penalty for checking from behind -- and a game misconduct -- after hammering Dallas forward Curtis McKenzie late in the second period.
McKenzie was clearly shaken up on the play, and needed help leaving the ice. The Stars did not immediately update his status.
The Stars exacted a measure of revenge for their injured teammate moments later. Jason Demers scored on the ensuing power play, Dallas’ second PPG of the night and Demers’ first of the season.
The marker gave the Stars a 4-1 lead, which they carried into the third period.