Martin Fennelly: Awards are great, but what's ahead really matters for Nikita Kucherov

Tampa Bay Times
Martin Fennelly: Awards are great, but what's ahead really matters for Nikita Kucherov
Martin Fennelly: Awards are great, but what's ahead really matters for Nikita Kucherov

It wasn't the trophy, the Stanley Cup, the prize Kucherov and his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates still want, painfully so after that abrupt Hindenburg conclusion to what had been a record-setting hay ride. On one level, this awards show, the Lightning all dressed up with nowhere else to go, seemed a bit out of place given the carnage that was its epic first-round playoff sweep at the hands of Johnny Torts and his Columbus Blue Jackets.

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