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Murray Reaches Out, Apologizes to Kostka

Thursday, 04.03.2014 / 12:51 PM / News
By Missy Zielinski  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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Murray Reaches Out, Apologizes to Kostka
Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray texted and apologized for the hit that left Mike Kostka momentarily motionless on the ice

At the conclusion of Tuesday's game Michael Kostka checked his phone and had already received a text message from Montreal Canadiens defenseman Douglas Murray apologizing for the hit that left Kostka momentarily motionless on the ice.

"Classy move," Kostka said. "I don't think he had malicious intent, but needless to say it was a bad hit."

Koskta said after leaving the ice for the trainers' room it took him about 20 minutes to realize what was going on. The defenseman did not have any recollection of the hit, but had a chance to watch it on tape.

"It was a pretty nasty scary looking hit," Kostka said. "I'm thankful I'm standing today."

Thursday Murray was handed a three-game suspension without pay for the illegal check to the head on Kostka.

After being diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday, Kostka is now going through normal concussion protocol with the training staff. There is no timetable on his return.