After the Chargers defeated the Montreal Stanley Cup for the second time in a row, Nikita Kucherov stepped onto the microphone early Wednesday and spoke to the media via Zoom. Drinking beer shirtlessly, Kucherov did not evade some topics that he said he retained throughout the 2020-21 season.
He was asked to describe his emotions to activate the press, well, that’s how he did it.
“I don’t know what to say. F-ing. Back-to-back. I couldn’t sleep for three nights. You know, winning this game is huge,” he said to his goalkeeper Andre Wa Andrei Vasilevskiy was furious, and the latter won the Conn Smythe trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
“Vasy is very good. MVP. I tell him every day:’Vasy, you are the MVP. You are the best player,’ and they give (Vezina) anyone in the Vegas division (Marc-Andre Fleury)) and last year They gave Vezina to someone else (Connor Hellebuyck).
“Bull number one–. Bull number one–.
“Vasi took two cups, you know, he took the MVP, I keep telling him he is the MVP. He is the one, f-ing he is the best. He is standing on his head today. He let us continue Participate in the game and yell at him again. It’s amazing. Can’t even say more.”
Well, he did it. Then he tore up the Canadians’ fans.
“I’m very happy with us, I don’t want to go back to Montreal, but they took action, Montreal fans, come on,” he said. “They acted as if they won the Stanley Cup in the last game. Are you kidding? Are you kidding? Their final is the final series.”
After hip surgery in the offseason, Kucherov missed the entire regular season. In the playoffs, he led with 32 points (8 goals and 24 assists). The Russian forward also leads the 2020 playoff scoring list, with Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur, Mario Lemieux, Rick McLeish and Phil Eyre. Together, Sposito became the player who achieved this feat in consecutive playoffs (he scored 34 points in 25 games last year).
But all he can do is talk endlessly about his captain Steven Stammkos.
“He is great,” he said. “Just like I like Stammer. He is one of the best people. It’s also funny. He said something I was laughing at. It’s not very funny, but I’m laughing. He is funny to me. He has a lot of Good sense of humor.”
When asked about Vasilevskiy’s follow-up report, Kucherov pointed out that the quiet network administrator was very humble and basically told him to shut up and say he was the best.
“Even though he has been working, for example, he is robbed by the NHL every year and did not get Vezina. He is still very humble. He still works hard,” Kucherov said. Vasilevskiy did win Vezina in 2019, and was a finalist in the other three years (2018, 20 and 21). “If he goes to a different market, he will win Vezina year after year. He will break all records anywhere. He is the best, but he is very humble.”
After showing his love to his teammates, he shut down his press, and he expressed the same gratitude to the fans who filled the Amelie Stadium for the series. Last year, the team won the Cup in the Edmonton bubble without fans.
“It must be special to see everyone. Today we are packed with people? Isn’t it? Unbelievable. They are too noisy. They are too unbelievable. It is so special to win in front of them,” he said. “Everyone will remember this moment for life.
“Come on, our fans are the best, I don’t know what to say. This is very special.”