Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Murray to face hearing after brutal hit on Kostka: Report

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray received a match penalty for the hit on his Tampa Bay Lightning counterpart Michael Kostka Tuesday night, and now he will face a hearing with the league office this week.

According to reports, the hearing will take place by phone Thursday morning at 11 EST and his punishment will be at maximum a five-game suspension. Per league rules, a player is suspended indefinitely after receiving a match penalty pending a hearing. Montreal next plays Friday against Ottawa.

On the video, it appears that Murray (not know as a cheap-shot artist) catches Kostka with an elbow to the chin before the Lightning player goes down and hits his head on the ice. A stretcher was brought out, but Kostka was able to exit the ice under his own power.

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