Stanley Cup Finals-All Tampa Bay Lightning in Game-1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Only three players in NHL history have scored 30-plus points in consecutive postseasons: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and now Nikita Kucherov.
The Tampa Bay Lightning star continued his spectacular postseason, recording two goals and an assist in a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. All of Kucherov's points came in the third period, breaking the game open for Tampa Bay.
All concerns about Kucherov's health seemed to fade away Monday. The winger exited after just one shift in Game 6 of the semifinal series against the Islanders on Wednesday, and coach Jon Cooper had said it was "dicey" if Kucherov would play in Game 7 of the conference finals series.
But Kucherov downplayed the injury -- and even refused to acknowledge he was hurt at all. "There was no injury," Kucherov said last week. "I don't know what you're talking about."
Game-2 is Wednesday again in Tampa Bay. Games 3 and 4 will be in Montreal.