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Murray quickly apologized to Kostka after headshot


Douglas Murray wasted no time in reaching out to Bolts blueliner Mike Kostka on Tuesday after delivering a nasty hit that left Kostka with a concussion.

Per the Lightning website:

At the conclusion of Tuesday’s game Michael Kostka checked his phone and had already received a text message from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray apologizing for the hit that left Kostka momentarily motionless on the ice.

“Classy move,” Kostka said. “I don’t think he had malicious intent, but needless to say it was a bad hit.”

Koskta said after leaving the ice for the trainers’ room it took him about 20 minutes to realize what was going on. The defenseman did not have any recollection of the hit, but had a chance to watch it on tape.

“It was a pretty nasty scary looking hit,” Kostka said. “I’m thankful I’m standing today.”

Kostka is currently undergoing standard post-concussion protocol with no timetable set for his return. Murray, who received a match penalty for the hit and was ejected, had a telephone hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety this morning.