Russia's Kucherov ends as playoff top scorer as Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup — RT Sport News

Nikita Kucherov finished the playoffs top scorer when he helped Tampa Bay Lightning to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in history on Monday with a 2-0 win over Dallas Stars.

The Russian supported Brayden Point’s goal in the first half at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada, when Tampa took a 4-2 lead.

The assist took its record to 27, the highest since Mario Lemieux made 28 in 1991.

In combination with his seven goals, the 27-year-old collected a total of 34 points and was one point ahead of his teammate Point.

Blake Coleman made it 2-0 in the second period.

Kucherov was delighted after the final whistle, while goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy shared a photo on Instagram with compatriots Kucherov, Mikhail Sergachev and Alexander Volkov celebrating the victory of the lightning bolt.

When Vasilevskiy recorded his first shutout of the playoff year during the game, and appeared in every game for Tampa, he also sealed his place in NHL history.

Tampa was quick to use the cup when she walked into the locker room after the game.

The Lightning first won the Stanley Cup in 2004. In 2015 they also reached the Stanley Cup final, but lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.