Having already set the record for most points in a single season in the salary cap era, Nikita Kucherov set out on the last game of the season to re-rewrite history once again.
A goal and an assist would allow him to pass Alex Mogilny for most points in a season by a Russian-born player. Since 1993 the likes of Bure, Fedorov, Kovalev, Ovechkin and Malkin could not eclipse what was once the gold standard for scoring in a single season by a Russian.
Kucherov has been on another planet all season long, almost a 40 point difference sits between him and Ovi (who has had a remarkable season in his own right) and 12 ahead of Connor McDavid to lock up his first Art Ross Trophy doesn’t even scratch the surface of his accomplishments. He should leave Vegas with both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay as just the third Russian to win both.
Tamapa’s remarkable season will be mean nothing to the players if they don’t hoist the Cup in June and here’s hoping the 25-year-old Kucherov adds the Conn Smyth to his bustling trophy case this year.