Latest Nikita Kucherov News

Lightning GM: Kucherov played Final with broken rib

Jul. 13, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois confirmed on Tuesday that star forward Nikita Kucherov played in the Stanley Cup Final with a non-displaced rib fracture. Kucherov was hurt on a cross-check during Game 6 of the conference final...

Lightning dent Stanley Cup after another Tampa boat parade

Jul. 13, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Turns out the Stanley Cup is going to Montreal after all. But it will return to the Tampa Bay Lightning's possession for an extended party. After the Lightning celebrated a second consecutive championship with another signature...

Analysis: Tampa Bay's NHL titles likely the hardest of all

Jul. 09, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Maroon knows a thing or two about what it takes to win the Stanley Cup after doing so each of the past three years on two different teams. The “three-Cup guy” who hoisted it with his hometown St. Louis Blues in 2019 before going back to...

Champion Lightning ace final exam on 'last day of school'

Jul. 08, 2021 15:02 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla (AP) — With the clock ticking on their time together, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning talked about what they already knew was their last Stanley Cup run as a group. They talked about it midway through the playoffs. They talked about it on the verge...

Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion

Jul. 08, 2021 03:09 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Quieting the din inside Amalie Arena for just a moment, Gary Bettman looked over to the Tampa Bay Lightning and reached back into the dark days of the pandemic perhaps one last time. The NHL commissioner beckoned not just captain Steven Stamkos but...

Lightning veteran David Savard adds his name to Cup lore

Jul. 08, 2021 00:53 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — David Savard is no longer the only veteran on the Tampa Bay Lightning without a Stanley Cup championship. The grizzled defenseman, who had never advanced past the second round in his first nine NHL seasons, joined in the celebration Wednesday night...

Vasilevskiy wins Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL playoff MVP

Jul. 08, 2021 00:50 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Andrei Vasilevskiy was thrust into the 2015 Stanley Cup Final with starting goaltender Ben Bishop injured, he was a shy, unknown player at the beginning of his NHL journey. Six years later, he’s a two-time Stanley Cup champion at the peak of...

Analysis: Lightning, fueled by losses, win another Cup title

Jul. 07, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning had their first chance to clinch the Stanley Cup championship in the 2020 playoff bubble, Jon Cooper recalls how he let his mind drift to what the celebration would be like. “You’re thinking about raising the Stanley...

Top defensemen relatively quiet in Stanley Cup Final

Jul. 06, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With star defenseman Shea Weber having a relatively quiet series, an argument can be made that Montreal is fortunate to still be playing in the Stanley Cup Final. The same could be said about the likelihood of Tampa Bay being on the brink of repeating...

After Habs jab Lightning, defending champs look to Game 5

Jul. 06, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It was no coincidence 5-foot-9 Montreal forward Brendan Gallagher kept going after 6-foot-6 Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman after the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, shoving him and moving linesmen out of the way to continue the altercation. ...