Nikita Kucherov stepped as much as the microphone early Wednesday to talk to the media through Zoom after the Lightning beat Montreal for its second consecutive Stanley Cup. Shirtless and slugging a beer, Kucherov didn’t maintain again on quite a lot of matters that he stated he saved inside all the 2020-21 season.
He was requested to explain his feelings to begin the presser and, nicely, he did simply that.
“I don’t know what to say. F—ing. Back-to-back. I couldn’t sleep for three nights, you know, and to be able to win this game is huge,” he stated earlier than occurring a rant about his goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who received the Conn Smythe Trophy because the playoffs MVP.
“Vasy was outstanding. MVP. I was telling him every day: ‘Vasy, you’re MVP. You’re the best player,’ and then they give (the Vezina to) whatever the guy in Vegas division (Marc-Andre Fleury) and then last year they gave Vezina to somebody else (Connor Hellebuyck).
“No. 1 bulls—. No. 1 bulls—.
“Vasy took both Cups, you know, he took MVP and I was keep telling him he’s an MVP. He’s the guy that, f—ing he’s the best. He stood on his head today. He kept us in the game and another shoutout by him. Remarkable. Can’t even tell more.”
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Properly, he did. Then he ripped Canadiens followers.
“I’m so happy we, I didn’t want to go back to Montreal but they acted, the fans in Montreal, come on,” he stated. “They acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Their final was last series.”
Kucherov missed all the common season following offseason hip surgical procedure. Within the postseason, he led the best way with 32 factors (eight targets and 24 assists). The Russian ahead additionally led the playoffs in scoring in 2020, becoming a member of Wayne Gretzky, Man Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Rick MacLeish and Phil Esposito as gamers to realize the feat in consecutive postseasons (he had 34 factors in 25 video games final 12 months).
However all he might do was gush about his captain Steven Stamkos.
“He was amazing,” he stated. “Like I love Stammer. He’s one of the best. So funny too. He says something I’m laughing. It’s not very funny, but I’m laughing. He’s funny to me. He’s got good sense of humor.”
Requested a follow-up on Vasilevskiy, Kucherov famous that the quiet netminder is humble, and mainly tells him to close up about him being the very best.
“He keeps working even though, like, he’s getting robbed every year by NHL, not getting the Vezina. He is still humble. He still works hard,” Kucherov stated. Vasilevskiy did win the Vezina in 2019 and has been a finalist three different years (2018, ’20 and ’21). “If he would play a different market, he would take the Vezina year after year. He would beat all the records wherever blah blah blah. He’s the best but he’s very humble.”
Closing out his presser, after exhibiting love for his teammates, he showered the identical appreciation to followers who packed Amelie Stadium for the sequence clincher. Final 12 months the staff received the Cup within the fanless Edmonton bubble.
“It was definitely special to see everybody. We had a full crowd today? Didn’t we? Unbelievable. They were so loud. They were unbelievable. And to win in front of them it’s so special,” he stated. “Everybody’s going to remember for the rest of their lives this moment.
“Come on, our followers are the very best and I do not know what to say. It was particular.”