Montreal defenseman Douglas Murray might have played his last game of the year for the Habs. His head shot on Tampa’s Mike Kostka will see him spending some time in the press box. The play happened late in the third period of a 3-1 Lightning victory.
Murray's match penalty for hit on Kostka carries an indefinite suspension pending a hearing. Montreal plays Ottawa on Friday.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 2, 2014
That might be the dirtiest elbow I have ever seen as Murray clocked Kostka who is unconscious on the ice
— Erik Erlendsson (@Erik_Erlendsson) April 2, 2014
Murray was given a match penalty on the play. Referees for the game were Chris Lee (#28) and Brian Pochmara (#16).
Douglas Murray clocked Kostka with a chicken wing elbow to the head. Murray assessed Match penalty by Ref. Immediate suspension til hearing.
— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) April 2, 2014
No official word on Kostka’s status, though he was able to skate off the ice.
Good to see Kostka get up and have the ability to skate off the ice on his own. That was frightening for a few minutes.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 2, 2014
Saw Kostka at a distance walking around the Lightning locker room. Official word is he is being evaluated. WIll know more tomorrow.
— Damian Cristodero (@DCristodero) April 2, 2014
Should Murray miss an extended amount of time, the Canadiens wouldn’t necessarily miss him. He’s posted only two assists on the season, with a -13 in 51 games. He averages 14:25 of ice time, less than every other Habs defenseman other than rookie Jarred Tinordi.