Kucherov sustained a fractured rib against the Islanders but still managed to play in all five Stanley Cup Finals clashes with the Canadiens, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Considering Kucherov was able to suit up in the Finals despite his injury, fantasy players should expect this to not impact the winger much heading into the 2021-22 campaign. The 28-year-old Russian led the playoffs with 32 points and should be good for 30-plus goals again next year.
Kucherov scored a goal on six shots and added a power-play assist in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3. Kucherov set up Victor Hedman for a long-range blast that trickled through Canadiens goalie Carey Price in the first period. In the second, Kucherov added a goal on a feed from Ondrej Palat. Through 21 playoff games, Kucherov paces all skaters with 32 points (eight tallies, 24 helpers) while adding 53 shots on net and a plus-6 rating.
Kucherov scored two goals and added an assist in Monday's 5-1 win over the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Adding to his postseason lead in points, Kucherov scored his sixth goal of the playoffs after his shot bounced off Ben Chiarot twice in front of Carey Price and found its way to the back of the Habs net. The 28-year-old then added to the team's lead in the third period, scoring from the slot for his seventh goal, then added an assist on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal late to close the door. Kucherov has been outstanding this postseason, making his case for the Conn Smythe Trophy should the Bolts win the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons, with seven goals and 23 assists in 19 playoff games.
Kucherov (upper body) had two shots and two hits Friday in a 1-0 win over the Islanders in Game 7. Kucherov was a go after missing all but his first shift of Game 6, and he managed to provide the Lighting with 16:29 of ice time in the series clincher. He failed to reach the scoresheet but the bigger news is that he was able to suit up and take a regular shift. The playoff scoring leader with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists) in 18 games, Kucherov will have two days of rest before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal on Monday.
Kucherov (upper body) took line rushes during warmups and will play in Friday's Game 7 versus the Islanders, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. This is the best indication that Kucherov will play in Friday's decisive Game 7. The winger exited Game 6 after he was hurt on his first shift. Kucherov will skate in his usual top-line role with Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat.
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