He was great last year as well, when he had 7 goals and 27 assists Lightning’s Stanley Cup winning streak. But he recently revealed that in the first game of that playoff game, he tensed his groin muscle and the pain eventually migrated to his hip, requiring surgery on December 29th. He missed the entire regular season, 56 games, but joined Lightning in time for the first playoff game.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper did not indicate whether Kucher would be available for Game 7, but he sounded ready to make alternative plans.
“We played 56 games without him,” Cooper said. “We usually have 12 strikers when we play without him, so it probably made us tougher when we had 11. But we went that way for four months. This is nothing new for us. ”
For the islanders, the victory means that the Nassau Coliseum could still host more games from the islanders. The team, which has been playing in the old concrete bunker since 1972, will move to a new posh battlefield in Elmont next season, but if they win on Friday, they will continue to play in their homeland.
But if they lose the 7th game, the final scenes of Dutch hockey at the Colosseum will be in cans of beer thrown on the ice, while the players below celebrated a dramatic victory. Trotz, who was the coach of the Washington Capitals when they were won the Stanley Cup in 2018, has been training in the NHL for 22 years.
He said Wednesday’s win there was ranked among the best for a variety of reasons, including a “win or die” situation, his affection for the team, the fans and even the arena that has hosted the islanders for decades with Hall of Fame players and four banners.
“These are great moments,” Trotz said. “He gets off the ice and everyone hugs, and beer cans are flying everywhere. It was quite a sight and a moment you will remember. “