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Top Nikita Kucherov News

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Picks up two helpers

    Kucherov recorded two assists in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto in Game 4 on Monday.

    Kucherov has a goal and six points in four postseason contests this year. This has been a fantastic month for him overall, with the 29-year-old contributing three goals and 15 points in 10 outings. Kucherov serves on Tampa Bay's top line and first power-play unit. The Lightning will likely lean on him heavily again Thursday, especially with Tampa Bay down in the series 3-1 and thus looking to stave off elimination.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Fights in overtime loss

    Kucherov picked up an assist Saturday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto in Game 3.

    He tackled Morgan Rielly in the third period after the defender and Brayden Point went hard into the boards, injuring Point. Kucherov took exception and then spent a chunk of the final frame in the box. He plays with an extra edge in the postseason -- he has 110 PIM in 139 playoff games, which is a significant uptick from his regular-season style (319 PIM in 644 games played). Kucherov was dangerous all night, firing six shots, but he couldn't solve Ilya Samsonov. Expect an inspired offensive game in Game 4. Kucherov can't be held down for long.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Three points in series opener

    Kucherov had a goal and two assists -- all on the power play -- in Tuesday's 7-3 Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs.

    Kucherov did his best work in the waning seconds of periods, adding some extra sting to his production in this routine road win. He scored with four seconds left in the first period and set up Brayden Point with two seconds remaining in the second. In between, Kucherov assisted on another goal by Point.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Another power-play helper

    Kucherov put up an assist in a 5-0 win Thursday over Detroit.

    Kucherov's 113-point season (82 games) marks the second best point total of his career (128; 2018-19). He'll head into the postseason on a six-game, nine-point streak (two goals, seven assists). The helper came on the power play -- Kucherov's racked up 51 points with the man advantage this season. That's the fourth best total in the NHL; the top three power-play producers all toil in Edmonton (Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins).

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Second time to 80 assists

    Kucherov delivered two power-play assists in a 7-4 loss to Ottawa on Saturday.

    It was his 80th assist of the season, his second time reaching that plateau (87, 2018-19). Kucherov sits third in NHL scoring (110 points) and second in assists. His 48 PPP are fourth-best overall and the best among non-Edmonton player in the league.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Only Bolt to strike lightning

    Kucherov scored the Lightning's only goal in a 6-1 loss to the Islanders on Thursday.

    He wired a wrist shot from the left circle on a feed from Brayden Point at 16:47 of the second period. It was Kucherov's 30th goal of the season, the sixth time in his NHL career that he's hit that milestone. Kuch has 108 points on the season, which keeps third in NHL scoring overall.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Eleven points in last 10 games

    Kucherov had a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win over the Islanders on Saturday.

    Kucherov beat Ilya Sorokin blocker side on a second-period breakaway after taking a stretch pass from Brayden Point. The goal was his first in six games, but he has 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in his last 10 and 106 on the season. This is Kucherov's second-best offensive season (2018-19; 128 points).

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Picks up two points

    Kucherov picked up two assists and three shots, helping the Lightning to a 4-0 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday.

    Kucherov picked up helpers on Steven Stamkos' opening goal and Brayden Point's second goal. This marks Kucherov's second multi-point game in his last three games and gives him four points in that span. On the season, the Russian superstar has 28 goals and 104 points in 75 games.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Two helpers not enough

    Kucherov had two assists Thursday in a 7-2 loss to Ottawa.

    Kooch continues to pad his scoring totals -- he now has 102 points, including the NHL's second-best tally for helpers (74). With coach Jon Cooper calling out the team for its play after the game, Kucherov needs to be a big part of the leadership to shift that narrative.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Grabs 100th point Sunday

    Kucherov tallied a goal on four shots in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Devils.

    Kucherov opened the scoring Sunday, one-timing a Steven Stamkos feed past Vitek Vanecek just after Tampa's power play had expired. The goal marks the 100th point of the season for Kucherov, the third time in his nine-year NHL career that he's reached triple digits. The 29-year-old winger is up to 28 goals and 72 assists through 71 games. He trails only Edmonton's Connor McDavid (76) in helpers this season.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Never too many apples

    Kucherov picked up two assists in a 5-3 win over Montreal on Saturday.

    He's now riding a modest, three-game scoring streak (one goal, three assists). Kucherov's 72 assists are good for second in the NHL, behind only Connor McDavid (76). And his next point will be this 100th. Only two players -- Connor McDavid (134) and Leon Draisaitl (104) -- have already hit the century mark in points for this season.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Second straight three-point game

    Kucherov scored a goal and added two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Vegas on Thursday.

    It's his second consecutive three-point game (two goals, four assists). Kucherov now has 94 points and is inching closer to Leon Draisaitl (97) and second place on the NHL scoring list.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: Erupts for three power-play points

    Kucherov scored two goals and an assist on four shots, fueling the Lightning to a 5-2 victory over the Flyers on Tuesday.

    The second star of the game, Kucherov scored two power-play goals in the contest. He would also add an assist on Alex Killorn's power-play goal in the first period. The Russian forward snapped a four-game goal drought with this performance and has 13 points in his last 10 games. On the season, Kucherov has 25 goals and 91 points in 64 games.

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  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov: No points after benching

    Kucherov had four shots, one hit and one minor penalty in a 6-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Sunday.

    Coach Jon Cooper had benched Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Brayden Point for the third period of Saturday's loss to Buffalo because they weren't performing well enough to give the team the best chance to win. They were back in action Sunday, but Tampa Bay's offense couldn't get rolling because of a parade to the penalty box. The Bolts are on a five-game losing streak heading into a four-game week, and Kucherov will be a key performer to help break the skid.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 183 lbs
Birthplace: Maykop, Russia
Age: 30
Experience: 10
Shoots: Left