The Lightning is paying for Kucherov’s frustration. Not only does Tampa Bay face its biggest turnaround in franchise history, it will do it without its biggest star.
Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for one game for boarding Markus Nutivaara on Friday. It was a moment in which emotions boiled over but now has bigger ramifications.
He tripped Nutivaara at the goal-line, sending the defenseman sprawling. As Nutivaara tried to get up, Kucherov skated up and drove him into the boards.