As Tampa Bay Lightning prepare for conference finals

Nikita Kucherov – an artist who works with a stick and skate blades works like no other to perfect his craft for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA – Artistry shows itself in many different forms from all sorts of artists.
Some wield brushes and a palette. Others a guitar and amplifier. A handful use a paper and pen (or keyboard and key strokes for the modern age).
Nikita Kucherov uses a stick and skates on blades, carving up opposing defenses with a will and wit matched only by his skill.
While the 25-year-old makes it look easy, it’s anything but as it’s the result of constantly working at his craft, never being satisfied with what he’s already done.
What is seen when Kucherov shows up on a highlight package is merely a product o...


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