Nikita Kucherov blasts Vezina voters; Habs fans in epic Stanley Cup celebration rant

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Jul 7, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) hoists the Stanley Cup after the Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in game five to win the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Nikita Kucherov said he hadn’t slept in three days prior to lifting the Stanley Cup high overhead last night. In a postgame shirtless celebration rant, he unloaded on a few topics.

He began by chugging his beer and then pounding on the table. “Lets Go,” he said, looking very comfortable with his cap on backwards accompanied by a huge smile.

Kucherov on Vasilevskiy

Unsolicited and unprompted, Kucherov could not hold back his feelings for Conn Smythe winner, Andrei Vasilevskiy.

“Vasy was outstanding,” he said. “I was telling him everyday, ‘Vasy you the MVP’, you’re the best player.”

Kucherov could’ve stopped there, but we would’ve all missed out on this epic rant.

“They gave – whatever the guy in Vegas, the Vezina. And then last year they gave the Vezina to somebody else,” a perplexed Kucherov explained. “Number one bullshit – Vasy took both Cups – he took MVP – and I keep telling him he’s MVP – he’s the best.”

Obviously, he was alluding to Marc-Andre Fleury who took home the honors this season. However, the shot seems more directed to the GM’s that voted on the award, then it was on Fleury.

Kucherov gives Canadiens fans a parting shot

The comments that seemed to spark the most controversy came at the expense of Canadiens fans.

“I didn’t want to go back to Montreal,” he added. “The fans in Montreal, c’mon. They acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game.” Kucherov is obviously referencing the Habs Game 4 win where fans outside the Bell Centre partied in the streets avoiding a sweep.

“You kidding me? You kidding me?” he said in disbelief. “Their final was last series.”

Oh boy! I can’t wait for the Lightning’s next visit to Montreal during the 2021-22 campaign.