Kucherov exits vs. Capitals after blocking shot

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Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov was ruled out in the second period of Saturday's contest against the Washington Capitals with an undisclosed injury, the team announced.

Kucherov blocked a heavy one-timer from Capitals defenseman John Carlson and looked to be in pain while hobbling to the dressing room.

Head coach John Cooper didn't offer an update on his blue-chip winger's status following the game, according to the team.

Kucherov recorded one assist and two shots on goal through 11:47 of ice time before departing.

The 26-year-old sniper entered Saturday's action with 10 goals and a team-leading 33 points in 29 games this season.

Kucherov authored one of the best campaigns in recent memory in 2018-19, leading the NHL with 128 points to capture both the Art Ross and Hart trophies.

Kucherov exits vs. Capitals after blocking shot
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