Kucherov draws ban for Game 3
Caris LeVert scored 23 points to help the Nets beat the 76ers in Game 1 of their first-round series Saturday.
NHL leading scorer Nikita Kucherov has been suspended for Game 3 of the Lightning’s firstround series against the Blue Jackets.
Kucherov was suspended for boarding Blue Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivaara late in the Lightning’s 5-1 loss in Game 2 on Friday night to trail 2-0 in the series. Kucherov was given a major penalty and ejected for hitting Nutivaara in a defenseless position with 4:26 remaining in the lopsided defeat.
The Presidents’ Trophy winning Lightning will have to try to win Sunday in Columbus without the player who put up a league-best 128 points during the season. They also could be without banged-up Norris Trophy caliber defenseman Victor Hedman, who didn’t practice Saturday.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he hopes Hedman can play.
But Kucherov is out after what the NHL called a “dangerous hit on a player in an exposed position.”
In a video announcing the suspension, the league said Kucherov’s action falls in the category of message-sending because it came in the final minutes of a one-sided game.
Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3:
Brooks Orpik scored less than two minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the defending Stanley Cup champions moved to a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.
Ovechkin assisted on goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson to help put the Caps up 2-0 in a series for just the third time in the last five years. In perhaps his final NHL postseason, Orpik scored
1:48 into the extra period of the Caps’ first overtime playoff game since they eliminated the Penguins in the second round a year ago.
Braden Holtby stopped
25 shots, and T.J. Oshie also scored. Holtby allowed goals to Lucas Wallmark, Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal, the last on a Hurricanes power play with 5 minutes left in regulation.
Game 3 is Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. It will be the Hurricanes’ first home playoff game since May 26, 2009.
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