“Kucherov in beast mode!” Scored with the first shot of the match and again made a brilliant pass

Elena Kuznetsova

Elena Kuznetsova

Kucherov scored four points with Columbus.  Video

Nikita has scored in seven games in a row and has 20 points in his last seven games.

Tampa looks fearsome and invincible, over the past week it has “destroyed” Toronto, Nashville and Florida, and today, the last home game of the regular season, left no chance for Columbus. The Lightning achieved their fourth win in a row, and the team leaders continued to show incredible performance.

Nikita Kucherov started the match with a goal from Elvis Merzlikin’s first shot on goal. Steven Stamkos fought at the boards and gave the ball to the Russian, who threw from under Vladislav Gavrikov, extending his goal streak to seven games. This bunch in recent games is already enchanting, and today it also had additional motivation.

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“We kept that in mind, talking about how great it would be if Stamkos got 100 at home. We are trying to play correctly, not to force things, to play according to the system,” Kucherov said. Up to a hundred, the captain of the “lightnings” lacked two more points, in the end he even overfulfilled the plan. He and Kucherov participated in all four goals of Tampa – in the last seven meetings, Nikita scored 20 (9 + 11) points, Stamkos – 21 (7 + 14).

Columbus quickly bounced back, but it was the only goal that Andrei Vasilevsky conceded, and Tampa was unstoppable. Even before the first break, they again took the lead, having realized the majority. Kucherov gave a pass across the entire area under a throw to Stamkos in touch.

In the second period, the long-awaited anniversary took place – Kucherov went into pressure, knocked out Gavrikov’s stick, stole the puck from him and gave Stamkos the 100th point of the season. “He plays well. I was lucky to be on the same line with him in recent matches. We have chemistry with him, I’m happy for him, it’s very difficult to score 100 points, ”said Nikita, who was the first to congratulate his partner on a significant achievement.

“This is a special moment, I have never scored 100 points before. I came close to this achievement in 2014, and now I am most proud of the fact that I proved many people wrong. Well, the people who have always believed in me make such moments even more special. When you do something so cool, it’s impossible not to think about them,” said Stamkos.

“The link between Stamkos and Kucherov is extremely hot, no wonder we win,” said John Cooper.

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In the third period, Nikita gave another transfer, perhaps the most beautiful in this match. He settled down behind the gate, not meeting any resistance from the opponent, waited, assessed the situation, and laid out a chic candy on Ondrej Palat, who jumped out onto the patch. Through Verensky’s stick, under his skate.

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“Stunned, Kucherov in beast mode!” — wrote The Athletic journalist Joe Smith.

“Inconceivable transfer of Kucherov!” — reacted in social networks Bally Sports Sun: Lightning.

“It was the nail in the Columbus coffin,” said Jackets journalist Jeff Svoboda.

Tampa has two more games to play in the regular season, and coach John Cooper is already being asked about a potential third Stanley Cup in a row. “When the Islanders won four in a row, they were called a dynasty, so we can hear that word. This team has five conference finals in seven years… Winning is hard, but this group keeps doing it, this year again 50 wins, 100+ points. This, of course, does not guarantee success in the playoffs, but the last 10 years have been great for this team. I’m looking forward to what we’ll be doing. It should be a fun spring,” Cooper replied.


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