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Douglas Murray receives match penalty for hit on Michael Kostka


James OBrien

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray hasn’t ever been suspended by the NHL despite a lengthy career of heavy hits, but Tuesday’s match penalty infraction on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Michael Kostka might change that.

Video is only available via this TSN link for now, but Next Impulse’s Pete Blackburn captured it in GIF form:


There hasn’t been an update yet on the condition of Kostka, 28, but it sounds like the situation could have been worse.

Again, Murray, 34, hasn’t ever been suspended at the NHL level.

The Lightning went on to win Tuesday’s game 3-1, with both teams clinching playoff spots in the process. Here’s how the Lightning’s clinching win/Montreal’s loss affects the 2014 NHL Draft:

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