Stanley Cup Playoffs Head-To-Head: Nikita Kucherov and Alex Ovechkin collide in ECF

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Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Eastern Conference Final,
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Two of the most talented Russian players in the NHL are about to go head-to-head as the Tampa Bay Lightning takes on the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are about to embark on the next stage of their postseason journey as they kick off the Eastern Conference Final tonight from the Amalie Arena right here in the Sunshine State. This is not the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs, but it may be one of the most exciting.

Undoubtedly, the Lightning has some of the most talented players in the National Hockey League right now. Players like Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and so many others have spent the season tearing it up on the ice, but now things are about to escalate to a whole new level.

When the Capitals make their way into the arena tonight, two of the most talented Russian players in the league right now will go head-to-head in the center of the ice. Of course, we are talking about Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin.

Both of these players have impressive records this season, leaving their mark on an unexpected NHL season. Each player has their own reasons for wanting to make their way to the top of the league, but when all is said and done the goal is the same…to raise the Stanley Cup high above their heads.

If there is anything we can guarantee fans heading into this series it’s that both teams will be looking to leave everything out on the ice in the hopes of making their way to the final round. Both Kucherov and Ovechkin can be expected to be driving forces for their respective team’s offense.

While fans of both teams anxiously await puck drop later tonight, let’s take a closer look at these two scoring dynamos and how they match up heading into this crucial series. Let’s get things started with a look at Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.