NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 16: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is checked by Nico Hischier #13 of the New Jersey Devils during the first period in Game Three of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on April 16, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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.
Kucherov hits Vatanen, no penalty called & Vatanen's off to the locker room #NJDevils #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/6qEB8r1SNh— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) April 19, 2018
Kucherov hits Vatanen, no penalty called & Vatanen's off to the locker room #NJDevils #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/6qEB8r1SNh
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.