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Another cloudy injury situation: Lightning balk on Kucherov update

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Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) collides in the goal with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the first period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Saturday, June 13, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Bruce Bennett, Pool)


Stop the presses: the Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t being particularly up-front about an injury situation in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. This time around, we’re left to speculate about the status of winger Nikita Kucherov.

At this point, you might as well stick with what’s happening, and all you need to know is that Kucherov hasn’t been on the ice since he crashed into Chicago’s net in the first period. He missed all of the middle frame thanks to this violent fall:

Right now, the only updates are non-updates:

Perhaps we’ll find out more after Game 5? Maybe he’ll grit through it in the third period? We’ll keep an eye out for updates going forward, but details are slim right now.