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Tampa Bay Lightning D Pavel Kubina suspended three games for elbow on Chicago's Dave Bolland



Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina on Thursday was suspended by the league for three games because of an incident during Wednesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Blackhawks that was not seen or penalized by the referees: Kubina's elbow of Chicago center Dave Bolland 2:09 into the first period.

Bolland had to leave the game with what was said to be a possible concussion. Kubina will lose $60,096.76 in salary and miss games Friday against the Senators, Saturday against the Panthers and Monday against the Maple Leafs.  He can return March 17 against the Canadiens.

The suspension puts the Lightning defense into an even more precarious position. Already without Randy Jones, out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain, with Marc-Andre Bergeron not 100 percent because of back spasms and Mike Lundin still not completely back in playing shape after missing 13 games with an abdominal injury, losing Kubina leaves a sizable hole.

Here is a statement from Kubina released through the team:

“I understand the decision rendered by the National Hockey League today and I will fully abide by the ruling. I had no intent to injure David (Bolland) and I hope he can return to the ice quickly. I didn’t realize he was injured on the play until being notified by the NHL that a hearing would take place to review the hit.

“I have played nearly 900 games in the NHL and my history and record demonstrates that I am not the type of player that ever attempts to injure other players. I am sorry David was hurt on the play.

“I look forward to rejoining my teammates in Montreal next Thursday as we continue our push for the playoffs, and I hope David returns to the ice soon to join the Blackhawks.”

[Last modified: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:15am]


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