Report: Nikita Kucherov out indefinitely with undisclosed injury; Lightning will march on without him again

Kucherov could be out awhile.

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Jun 5, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) works out prior to the game in game four of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov was injured in a collision with Washington forward Garnet Hathaway during Saturday’s 2-1 overtime win against the Capitals.

He was seen skating gingerly to the bench in the middle of the third period and did not play the rest of the game. After the game, head coach Jon Cooper had no update on his status after the game but today he reporters Monday that the would miss time with his latest injury.

Kucherov will be out indefinitely

“It’s definitely not a day-to-day thing, so we’ll wait until we get an official word, but he’s definitely out,” Cooper said Monday. “He’s going to be out for a while here. We’re not going to put a timetable on it until we get an official word. In the short term here he’s definitely out.”

Kucherov, 28, missed the 2020-21 regular season following hip surgery in December. He returned with a flourish in the playoffs, recording 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 23 games to help the Lightning repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

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Oct 12, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) stands for a banner raising ceremony to celebrate the 2021 Stanley Cup Champions before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Kucherov won the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award in 2018-19 after scoring a career-high 41 goals and leading the league in assists (87) and points (128).

He has four points (one goal, three assists) in three games this season and 551 points (222 goals, 329 assists) in 518 career games since making his debut in 2013.

Kucherov signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in July 2018.

Stamkos praying Kucherov is okay

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who is no stranger to injury didn’t like what he saw.

“It didn’t look good,” he said. “Hopefully he’s okay. That’s one of the best players in the league, so we’re praying that he’s okay.”

On the replay, Kucherov immediately can be seen grabbing his hip/groin area in pain. He needed help getting to the bench with several Capitals players showing sportsmanship by pushing him along.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report