1. Nikita Kucherov has us speechless again
For the Lightning’s leading playoff scorer this postseason, the Florida Panthers have proved to be a fertile feeding ground. After making Aaron Ekblad look like a confused traffic cone in Game 1, Nikita Kucherov made Mackenzie Weegar pay for chasing him behind the net and not covering his man – Ross Colton – in the dying seconds of the third period.
Colton, the Lightning’s leading goal scorer in this year’s playoffs, was not going to be denied after Kucherov’s brilliant backwards pass from behind the net.
We said that if the Lightning were going to threepeat this season that Kucherov was going to have to be the difference maker offensively for the Lightning, and this play to prevent overtime and send the series back to Tampa with the Bolts up 2-0 is exactly what we are looking for.