Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Handed one-game ban

The league has suspended Kucherov for Game 3 in Columbus, Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

Kucherov had a controversial boarding penalty on the Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara in Friday's contest, checking him into the boards while Nutivaara was on his knees. With that, Kucherov -- the team's leading scorer -- will have to watch from the press box as the Lightning look to steal one on the road after dropping both Games 1 and 2 on the home sheet. If healthy, Ryan Callahan (undisclosed) would presumably draw in for Game 3, though Danick Martel also remains on hand. Kucherov will rejoin the lineup for Game 4.

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