Last regular-season, Kucherov tallied 33 objectives and 52 assists in 68 video games. In Tampa Bays go to the Stanley Cup inside the bubble, Kucherov scored 7 objectives and dished out 27 assists in 25 championship game.
The Lightning have actually been patiently awaiting Kucherov to make his return for the most crucial games of the year, and they are basking in the already-tremendous results.
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Enable the former Hart Trophy winner to reestablish himself if you thought Kucherov was done there.
With Tampa Bay on yet another power play, Kucherov took a cross-ice pass from Hedman and put it in the back of Floridas web to offer the Lightning a 3-2 lead with a little over 5 minutes staying in the 2nd duration.
May 16, 2021; Sunrise, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) passes the puck versus the Florida Panthers during the very first period in game one of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at BB&T. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov missed out on the entire regular season, however scored in his return to the ice against the Florida Panthers on Sunday.
Last season, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally reached the mountaintop and won the Stanley Cup for the second-time in franchise history. This year, the team lacked star winger Nikita Kucherov, who went through offseason hip surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2021 NHL project. But, the winger got clearance to play in Tampa Bays first-round, Stanley Cup playoffs matchup against the Florida Panthers
Obviously, Kucherov made an immediate impact.
With the Lightning on the power play routing the Panthers 2-1 in the second duration, Kucherov took a pass from defenseman Victor Hedman and duped a one-timer past goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to connect things up at 2 goals a piece.