The Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup Final to play


The Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup Final to play the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in six games in their semifinal.

Kucherov played 16:29 with two shots on goal. He leads the postseason with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists) in 18 games after he missed the entire 56-game regular season recovering from hip surgery he had Dec. 29, 2020.

The crowd at Amalie Arena chanted Kucherov’s name during warmups.

Cernak played 19:50 with four hits and two blocked shots after missing two online games with an upper-body injury.

Kucherov left Game 6 after his first shift, 2:22 into the first period. He appeared to jam his right arm or shoulder examining Islanders center Mathew Barzal. He struggled to finish the shift and went to the locker room with a Lightning trainer at the stoppage in play.

Kucherov also was cross-checked from behind by New York defenseman Scott Mayfield earlier in the change, which lasted 46 seconds. Kucherov fell to the ice and got up slowly before rejoining the perform.

Kucherov prospects these playoffs with 17 power-play factors (four goals, 13 assists) and led the 2020 playoffs with 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) in 25 games, helping the Lightning win the Stanley Glass.