CHICAGO -- Forward Nikita Kucherov traveled to Chicago with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, but his status for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday remains unknown (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
"He was in the plane," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He's in considerably better shape than he was yesterday."
Kucherov, 21, was injured Saturday in the first period of Game 5 at Amalie Arena when he tripped awkwardly over Chicago goalie Corey Crawford and crashed shoulder-first into the goal post. He left the ice in pain and did not return. The Blackhawks won the game 2-1.
If Kucherov is unable to play, it will be a big blow for the Lightning, who trail the best-of-7 series 3-2 and must win Monday at United Center to avoid elimination.
Kucherov is second on the Lightning in goals (10), assists (12), points (22), power-play goals (three) and game-winning goals (three) in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Linemate Tyler Johnson's 13 goals and 23 points lead the playoffs.
"Obviously [Kucherov] has been a huge part of why we have been successful," Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. "Hopefully he can come back."
Author: Shawn Roarke | Director, Editorial