Ref Tells Stamkos Crosscheck on Kucherov Not Malicious. Seriously?

The NHL announced on Thursday that the New York Islanders' Scott Mayfield will not receive any discipline on the crosscheck that knocked Tampa Bay Lightning star forward Nikita Kucherov out of Wednesday's game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinal.

And after the game, in which the Bolts blew a 2-0 lead and lost 3-2 in overtime, Steven Stamkos and coach Jon Cooper offered their thoughts on the hit and subsequent loss of Kucherov, which you can hear below.

Stamkos' comments echo a lot of what we talk about on Beckles & Recher, that maintaining an even keel is one of the most important aspects of a championship team.

Stamkos could not have provided a better example of that on Wednesday.

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