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Tampa Bay Lightning's Pavel Kubina plans to apologize to Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland for elbow to head

TAMPA — Lightning D Pavel Kubina said he will reach out to Blackhawks C David Bolland, whom Kubina elbowed in the back of the head in the first period Wednesday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Kubina was suspended for three games by the league. Bolland might have a concussion, reports out of Chicago say.

"That's the last thing I want to do, is get somebody with an elbow," Kubina said Friday. "Hopefully he'll be back soon. That's not the way I play."

The elbow, which will cost Kubina $60,096.76 in salary, occurred 2:09 into the game. As Bolland dumped the puck into the offensive zone, Kubina skated by and caught him in the head. No penalty was called. Bolland left the game after the period.

"I didn't know I got him with the elbow," Kubina said. "I thought I got him with my shoulder. I was just going to finish my check."

If there is a silver lining — and Kubina was reluctant to call it that — he gets to rest a bothersome groin strain before resuming play Thursday at Montreal.

He also might have to deal with his reputation as a clean player being tarnished. But Kubina, with only one other suspension on his resume, for one game, in a 13-season career, said he is confident his career can withstand scrutiny.

Talking to Bolland will help.

"I didn't get his number yet," Kubina said. "I will in the next couple of days."

REVENGE: Curtis McElhinney's Lightning career consisted of one practice, after which he was on a plane home to California awaiting reassignment.

McElhinney was acquired Feb. 24 from the Ducks in the Dan Ellis trade; it was the price Tampa Bay paid to dump Ellis' salary on Anaheim. Four days later he was lost to the Senators on waivers as the Lightning tried to get him to AHL Norfolk.

"I guess it's part of the business," McElhinney said after his 34-save victory in his Ottawa debut. "It was such a short stay here. I got in one day at 1 o'clock and was on a plane that night. But those things happen. It was just great to get the win. That's the most enjoyable part for me."

ODDS AND ENDS: The Senators blocked 24 shots. … With G Cedrick Desjardins (shoulder) cleared to play with AHL Norfolk, G Jaroslav Janus was re-assigned to ECHL Florida. … D Randy Jones (ankle), RW Steve Downie (ankle/knee) and F Mattias Ritola were scratched.

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