Nikita Kucherov landing a hit on Kaiden Guhle in the game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens.
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Nikita Kucherov's fate confirmed after bloody hit last night

Published April 5, 2024 at 10:57

Nikita Kucherov's fate has been confirmed after he gave a bloody hit to Montreal Canadiens' defenseman Kaiden Guhle last night.

The current leader for points in the NHL not only tallied three points in a big 7-4 win against the Habs, he also sent Guhle to the locker room early in the game with the following hit:

Looking at the video, we see that Kucherov didn't hit Guhle's head, explaining why he wasn't ejected. Eric Engles, however, didn't understand why the referees didn't call a boarding penalty on the play:

"I mean, it's not like Guhle turned at the last second there. He was facing the glass the whole way. In fact, it's when he was turning to get back to sideways that Kucherov turned him back towards the glass and finished his hit. That's boarding..."

A few minutes ago, Engels confirmed that he's not expecting any consequences for Kucherov:

"Not expecting any supplementary discipline for Nikita Kucherov."

This was a tough loss for Montreal, who rely heavily on Guhle to defend against their opponent's top guns.

Further details are expected soon, stay tuned.
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