Nothing shows what a high threshold for pain NHLers have quite like hearing the long list of player injuries that gets revealed on locker cleanout day.
So perhaps it wasn’t all that surprising to hear that Nikita Kucherov, who led the league with 32 points in the postseason, was finding the back of the net while playing through a cracked rib.
Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois told reporters Tuesday the Russian winger sustained the injury during Game 6 of the Conference Finals against the New York Islanders.
“He’s a tough hockey player, he’s an incredible hockey player,” said BriseBois, via ESPN. “There isn’t a more determined player out there than Nikita Kucherov.”
Additionally, Norris Trophy contender Victor Hedman played with a torn meniscus and is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday. Forward Barclay Goodrow and defenseman Ryan McDonagh both played with broken hands.
It was revealed last week that forward Alex Killorn, who exited Game 1 of the Cup Final after blocking a shot, suffered a broken fibula. Killorn had a rod surgically put into his leg and attempted to skate on it, but wasn’t in good enough shape to return to action.
Chelena Goldman grew up on a street where the boys played street hockey and yelling at baseball and football over the radio was a standard — making life as a sports geek the perfect fit. She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion. You can find her gabbing away on Twitter at @ChelenaGoldman.