Schenn Levels Unsuspecting Kucherov With Massive Hit
- Tampa Bay Lightning superstar Nikita Kucherov left Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues with an upper-body injury after he was hit by Brayden Schenn.
The hit came with roughly three minutes left in the second period. As Kucherov backhanded the puck up the ice at the Tampa Bay blue line, Schenn glided into him from Kucherov’s blindside — dumping the Russian goal-scorer to the ice.
- A crowd gathered around Schenn after the hit and Tampa Bay’s Erik Cernak was ultimately issued two roughing penalties for seeking retribution on Schenn.
- Schenn himself was given a two-minute minor for roughing Kucherov on a late hit.
- Head coach Jon Cooper said after the game that Kucherov’s injury was not related to a concussion, but Kucherov was not able to return after he skated off the ice on his own.
“He took a big hit there,” Cooper said. “I don’t have an update on him. [The NHL concussion protocol is] not why he didn’t return. He couldn’t return. He tried but couldn’t do it.”
- The 26-year-old has 18 points in 18 matchups after Tuesday’s game.
- Losing Kucherov, the reigning Hart Memorial Trophy and Art Ross Trophy winner, would prove a major blow to a Tampa Bay team still on the wrong side of the Eastern Conference’s playoff picture.
Blues defeat Lightning to end three-game winless streak
- The St. Louis Blues ended a three-game winless streak with a 3-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Enterprise Center on Tuesday.
- David Perron, Oskar Sundqvist and Jaden Schwartz scored, and Jordan Binnington made 17 saves for St. Louis (13-4-5), which was 0-1-2 in its previous three games and is 8-1-2 in its past 11.
“I just think we needed our game for a full 60 minutes,” Sundqvist said. “It was a while ago since we did that. It feels like tonight was finally the night where we were putting up our complete game for 60 minutes.”
- Anthony Cirelli scored, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 31 saves for Tampa Bay (9-7-2), which lost its second straight.
“In the end,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said, “if you turn the puck over, it gives the other team momentum, you don’t have it, and then things are out of sorts because you’ve got to plan coming up ice, you turn it over, and now you’re scrambling back. That really affected us in the second period, but it’s been an Achillies’ heel of ours and something that we’ve seen doesn’t work, and when we don’t do it, it works. That’s too bad, because it was a winnable hockey game.”
NHL Highlights | Lightning vs Blues – Nov. 19, 2019
- Lightning forward Steven Stamkos had his five-game point streak (eight points; two goals, eight assists) end; he was minus-2 and lost 11 of 13 face-offs. …
- Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn had an assist and extended his point streak to five games (seven points; three goals, four assists). …
- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had an assist and ran his point streak to five games (eight points; two goals, six assists). …
- The Lightning are 1-7-0 when they don’t score a power-play goal; they were 0-for-2 with the man-advantage Tuesday. …
- Sundqvist’s six shots tied an NHL career high. He had six at the Calgary Flames on Dec. 22. …
- St. Louis center Ryan O’Reilly won 16 of 22 face-offs. …
- Tuesday was the one-year anniversary of Berube replacing Mike Yeo as Blues coach.
- Former Blues player Pat Maroon was presented with his 2019 Stanley Cup championship ring before the game.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; STL Blues, TB Lightning, TOMMY MCARDLE, Sporting News