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Kucherov exits game vs. Toronto with injury

The forward sustained an upper-body injury and will not return

by Bryan Burns /

The Tampa Bay Lightning were locked in a battle with Atlantic Division rival Toronto at AMALIE Arena Monday night but had to go most of the game without the NHL's leading scorer at their disposal.

Nikita Kucherov left late in the first period of the Lightning's home contest against the Maple Leafs and didn't come out of the locker room for the start of the second.

During the second intermission, the team announced Kucherov had sustained an upper-body injury and would not return. 

Kucherov has led the NHL for scoring continuously since December 12 and currently paces the league with 82 points. The Russian right winger also ranks tied for third for goals with 33. He entered Monday's contest with points in nine-consecutive games (6-10-16), his third-longest point streak of the season (he also had point streaks of 11 games and 10 games earlier this season).

Kucherov needs just three more points to match his career high for scoring in a season (40-45-85) set in 2016-17.

We'll update this story once we learn more.

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