Nikita Kucherov certainly is upset that he'll miss the Tampa Bay Lightning's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SUN, FS-O, SN360, TVAS) because he's serving a one-game suspension.
"Yeah, it [stinks]," Kucherov said.
However, Kucherov refused to answer questions about the boarding infraction on Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara with 4:26 remaining in Columbus' 5-1 win in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Friday that led to his one-game suspension. The win gave the Blue Jackets a 2-0 lead against the Presidents' Trophy winners in the best-of-7 series.
He replied "next question" when asked if he had addressed the play with his teammates and again when he was about to be asked another question about the hit.