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Tampa Bay’s Pavel Kubina suspended for three games for head shot on Chicago’s Dave Bolland

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins

of the Boston Bruins of the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 2, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Lightning 9-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


During last night’s Lightning shootout win over the Blackhawks, Chicago’s Dave Bolland left last night’s game after playing just 4:51. It wasn’t immediately known what happened to Bolland, but replays showed that Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina caught him with an elbow to the head with 2:09 left in the first period.

Today, Kubina heard from the NHL for his reckless shot to the head and he’s been suspended for three games for the infraction. The Lightning defense will have to do without the well-rounded veteran until March 17 when he’s eligible to return. Kubina will give up $60,096.76 in salary to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund for running afoul of the law.

As for Bolland’s condition, it hasn’t been updated as of yet but we’re hoping he escaped any sort of concussion from the hit. Tampa Bay will now have to figure out who takes Kubina’s spot in the lineup for the next three games and replace his three goals and 19 assists as well as his nearly 20 minutes per game of ice time.