Kucherov left the game with 6:05 left in the third inning of the Tampa Bay Final 6-2 victory Over the avalanche that cut the Colorado streak to 2-1.
While the Lightning ward handled the disc, Toews put his wand in Kucherov’s back and then pushed it along the ice and into the boards when Kucherov fell on one knee.
Kucherov got up and went briefly after Toews. He came out to play the ensuing power after the Toews whistle for a cross-check, but then went to the Lightning coaches room.
“It’s one of those plays you don’t want to see,” said the Lightning defenseman. Victor Hedman. “It’s a dangerous play. You never want to see that. We’ll see if anything happens – maybe it doesn’t. But it’s a dangerous play.”
Toews’ cross-check happened about two minutes after Kucherov was hit by an Avalanche Josh Manson Along the end panels on a hit that would have called for a penalty. Manson finished the match with Colorado.
Coach John Cooper said there was no update on Kucherov’s status.
“Unfortunately there is no update for any of the players. We will do that tomorrow,” Cuper said.
As for Toews’ counter-examination, Cooper said the incident speaks for itself.
“When you are asked questions like that, you look for an answer that everyone in the building already knows,” Cooper said. “It’s a game. It’s a communication game. But players know what they’re doing. Smart and savvy players know what to do with their stick. We’ve all seen it.”
Kucherov is Lightning’s all-time leading scorer with seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points in 20 games. He had assists in winning match 3.
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