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Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov rips Canadiens’ followers, Andrei Vasilevskiy not profitable Vezina: ‘No. 1 bulls—’

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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 stored inside all the 2020-21 season.

He was requested to explain his feelings to begin the presser and, properly, he did simply that.

“I do not know what to say. F—ing. Again-to-back. I could not sleep for 3 nights, you already know, and to have the ability to win this sport is large,” he stated earlier than occurring a rant about his goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, who received the Conn Smythe Trophy because the playoffs MVP.

“Vasy was excellent. MVP. I used to be telling him each day: ‘Vasy, you are MVP. You are the perfect participant,’ after which they offer (the Vezina to) regardless of the man in Vegas division (Marc-Andre Fleury) after which final 12 months they gave Vezina to anyone else (Connor Hellebuyck).

“No. 1 bulls—. No. 1 bulls—.

“Vasy took each Cups, you already know, he took MVP and I used to be maintain telling him he is an MVP. He is the man that, f—ing he is the perfect. He stood on his head as we speak. He stored us within the sport and one other shoutout by him. Outstanding. Cannot even inform extra.”

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Properly, he did. Then he ripped Canadiens followers.

“I am so glad we, I did not need to return to Montreal however they acted, the followers in Montreal, come on,” he stated. “They acted like they received the Stanley Cup final sport. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Their remaining was final sequence.”

Kucherov missed all the common season following offseason hip surgical procedure. Within the postseason, he led the best way with 32 factors (eight objectives 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 wonderful,” he stated. “Like I really like Stammer. He is among the best. So humorous too. He says one thing I am laughing. It isn’t very humorous, however I am laughing. He is humorous to me. He is bought good humorousness.”

Requested a follow-up on Vasilevskiy, Kucherov famous that the quiet netminder is humble, and principally tells him to close up about him being the perfect.

“He retains working although, like, he is getting robbed yearly by NHL, not getting the Vezina. He’s nonetheless humble. He nonetheless works exhausting,” 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 distinct market, he would take the Vezina 12 months after 12 months. He would beat all of the data wherever blah blah blah. He is the perfect however he is 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 crew received the Cup within the fanless Edmonton bubble.

“It was positively particular to see all people. We had a full crowd as we speak? Did not we? Unbelievable. They have been so loud. They have been unbelievable. And to win in entrance of them it is so particular,” he stated. “Everyone’s going to recollect for the remainder of their lives this second.

“Come on, our followers are the perfect and I do not know what to say. It was particular.”



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