Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning's Mike Kostka has concussion

TAMPA — Lightning defenseman Mike Kostka sustained a concussion from the devastating hit to the head he took Tuesday from Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray.

Murray has an 11 a.m. phone hearing today with the league, which means he will not be suspended for more than five games and can get fewer games.

Kostka is out indefinitely, though general manager Steve Yzerman said, "He's doing really well, all things considered.''

Captain Steven Stamkos called the hit — an elbow thrown while Kostka carried the puck — "one of the worst I've seen live."

Stamkos made sure to call Murray, who has never been suspended in a nine-year career, "a clean, honest player."

"But that play was dirty," Stamkos said. "That's a flying elbow right to the jaw, and (Kostka) is absolutely knocked out on the ice. I don't think anyone can argue the fact, if they've seen the replay and seen multiple angles of the replay, that was a dirty play."

Tampa Bay's brass took a gentler approach.

"By no means do I think he meant to hurt him," coach Jon Cooper said. "But it's unfortunate because (Murray) was playing careless."

Said Yzerman: "Mike faked left and went right, and Douglas Murray was just reacting to get a piece of him. Unfortunately, he got him in the head."

Asked if the hit was malicious, Yzerman said no.

"(Murray) is a big, powerful man and hits hard," Yzerman said. "Things happen so quickly, and it's a reaction."

"He's cutting through, and I'm trying to finish my check," Murray told Montreal reporters. "I don't think I'm a dirty player."

Lightning's Mike Kostka has concussion

04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. How Rays' Chris Archer is branching out on Twitter

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Chris Archer has made a name for himself on the mound. And at a time when some athletes work to steer clear of any issue with a tint of controversy for fear it could damage their brand, Archer has used that platform to weigh in on some topical social, political and news events.

    Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer (22) leans on the railing of the dugout during the All-Star game at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times

  2. Bucs mull options at right tackle as Dotson awaits MRI


    Right tackle Demar Dotson, the Bucs' most experienced offensive lineman, will undergo an MRI on his injured groin Saturday, three weeks before the season opener.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneer Demar Dotson, offensive tackle, brought his coffee and breakfast to One Buc Place, 7/31/15, as he reported to training camp.
  3. For starters: Rays vs. Mariners, with another new look


    Having lost 11 of their last 14 games and dropping to a season-worst four games under .500 at 60-64, the Rays continue to search for ways to get out of their extended offensive slump.

    And with the M's starting LHP Ariel Miranda today, that means another new look to the lineup, which includes having struggling …

  4. Chasing 125: Bucs hope to hit rushing goal more often


    Ever so often, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter pulls back the curtain a bit and shares some of the stats that matter to him most as a coach.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
  5. Bucs-Jaguars was NFL's lowest-rated ESPN game since 2005


    It is just the preseason, and it is the Jaguars, but Thursday night's Bucs-Jags preseason game earned a 1.6 rating on ESPN, which is the lowest-rated preseason game (excluding NFL Network) in 12 years, according to Sports Media Watch.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, left, talks with coach Dirk Koetter during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)