Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov compelled from game three after 'dangerous play' via Colorado Avalanche's Devon Toews - ESPN

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    close Greg Wyshynski is ESPN's senior NHL writer.
  • TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning celebrity Nikita Kucherov left game three of the Stanley Cup closing following what his teammate called "a deadly play" with the aid of Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews.

    Kucherov left the online game with 6:05 last within the third duration of Tampa Bay's eventual 6-2 victory over the Avalanche that cut Colorado's series result in 2-1.

    because the Lightning winger dealt with the puck, Toews caught his stick in Kucherov's back after which pushed him alongside the ice and into the boards as Kucherov fell to 1 knee.

    Kucherov got up and in brief went after Toews. He did come out for the following energy play after Toews turned into whistled for a pass-investigate, but then went to the Lightning trainers' room.

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    "it's a kind of plays you do not want to see," stated Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. "it's a deadly play. You on no account wish to see that. we'll see if anything else happens -- probably not. but it's a deadly play."

    The Toews go-determine happened round two minutes after Kucherov hit Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson along the conclusion boards on a success that may have warranted a penalty. Manson complete the online game for Colorado.

    teach Jon Cooper said there was no update on Kucherov's reputation.

    "No replace on any of the players, regrettably. we are going to try this the next day," Cooper said.

    As for the Toews move-determine, Cooper pointed out the incident speaks for itself.

    "in the event you get asked questions like that, you might be trying to find a solution that everyone within the building already knows," stated Cooper. "or not it's a game. it's a contact video game. however guys understand what they're doing. sensible, savvy players be aware of what they're doing with their stick. we all saw it."

    Kucherov is the Lightning's main postseason scorer with seven dreams and 19 assists for 26 aspects in 20 video games. He had two assists within the video game 3 win.

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