For the second consecutive season

Kucherov stepping up for Lightning when they need him most

TAMPA, Fla. – Nikita Kucherov is riding a stretch of King Midas hockey right now because it seems everything he touches turns to goals.
Even his shootout attempts these days are something to behold.
At a point in the season in which Tampa Bay needs somebody to step up and try to carry them on an improbable ride up the standings, it has been Kucherov putting his best skate forward. And over the past week, it’s been quite the ride.
When the league hands out its “Three stars of the week’’ on Monday, Kucherov is almost certain to have his name on that list. In four games last week, Kucherov regis...


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