Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding

Kucherov suspended 1 game for boarding

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't exactly off to a good start in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for one game as the result of an illegal hit he threw in the third period of Friday's Game 2 loss. Columbus fans were happy to see their team on the brink of finally winning a playoff series. However, outside of the first period in the series, the Blue Jackets have outplayed the Lightning for the remaining five periods, and game two wasn't close from the get-go.

Game 1 and Game 2 took place in Tampa, but the Blue Jackets didn't let home-ice advantage get in their way.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, an agitated Kucherov briefly discussed his one-game suspension, stemming from a boarding incident with Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara.

Cam Atkinson opened the scoring just 5:15 into the game and Zach Werenski doubled the lead for Columbus just after the midway point of the opening period, giving the Jackets a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.

The night was satisfying for Bobrovsky - he hasn't been great in the playoffs the last two seasons - and the Blue Jackets, who were 2-8 at Nationwide Arena in three previous post-season appearances. The Blue Jackets last won a home playoff game on April 18, 2017. Bjorkstrand went over Andrei Vasilevskiy's head from the right circle on a power play for a 2-0 Columbus lead at 8:25, with rookie Alexandre Texier picking up his first National Hockey League assist. Oliver Bjorkstrand followed with a power-play goal, doubling the Blue Jackets lead.

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