Lightning's Kucherov won't be suspended for hit

Tampa Bay Lightning RW Nikita Kucherov will not be suspended for a big hit that knocked New Jersey Devils D Sami Vatanen out of Wednesday night's game, ESPN reports.

 

 

It was one of many huge hits in a very physical game 4 that the Lightning ultimately won 3-1.

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The league reportedly said significant contact was not made with Vatanen's head during the hit.

Coach Jon Cooper called the check a "heck of a hockey hit" and a "bang-bang play."

Kucherov had two goals and an assist for the Bolts in the game, and has four goals and five assists in the series.

Game 5 is in Tampa Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

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