Prior to last week, Nikita Kucherov had been in, by his standards, a little bit of a slump. In the previous four games to last week he had recorded just two assists and his frustration was evident. Never one to hide his displeasure, Kucherov wasn’t frustrated at his teammates or opponents (well not much), but at his own performance. No one is harder on himself than Nikita Kucherov and when he doesn’t play to his own standards, pretty much everyone can tell.
However, he is Nikita Kucherov and is really, really good at hockey so it’s only a matter of time until he snaps out of his slump. He did so with a vengeance last week as he racked up 9 points (1 goal, 8 assists) in the four games from Sunday to Saturday. In three of those games he had multiple points, including a three-assist game in the 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. That performance earned him Lightning player of the week accolades.
Often, as goes Kucherov so goes the Lightning offense. So it’s no coincidence that as he’s found his game, the rest of the team has found their offense as well.
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