It appears Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov will not be facing supplemental discipline for his hit on Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Toby Enstrom on Saturday night.
According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, there is no hearing scheduled for Kucherov.
Kucherov was assessed a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct during the third period of Saturday’s 2-1 Jets victory.
You can see the hit here:
Jacob Trouba jumped in and received a minor penalty for roughing and misconduct on the play.
“He gets to do that,” said Jets’ coach Paul Maurice of Trouba. “We put our gloves back on and drop the puck. There’s nothing else left. I don’t think that’s a decision. I don’t think anybody sees that and then thinks through the next 30 seconds to two minutes. It’s just on.
“Tough pill to swallow, [Toby] goes down and [Trouba] gets 12 minutes worth of penalties.”
Enstrom returned late in the game.
“It’s huge, not just to get him back on the ice in the game and preserve the win, but to know that he’s not going to be out for the next 3-4 weeks with a hit from behind like that,” said Maurice. “That could’ve just as easily been a defenseman done for the season.”