Watch: Kucherov rips Canadiens fans, Vezina voters after Cup win
A second consecutive Stanley Cup victory didn't stop Nikita Kucherov from calling out numerous people afterward.
During a press conference in which he showed up shirtless and appeared noticeably inebriated, the Tampa Bay Lightning superstar took aim at Canadiens fans for the way they celebrated after Montreal won Game 4.
He also criticized Vezina Trophy voters for choosing Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury over Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, who claimed the Conn Smythe Trophy on Wednesday night after Tampa Bay defeated the Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 to capture the Stanley Cup again.
"Vasy was outstanding, MVP," Kucherov said. "I was telling him every day, 'Vasy, you're MVP. You're the best player.' And then they gave it to whatever the guy in Vegas, the Vezina. And then last year, they gave (the) Vezina to somebody else. No. 1 bullshit."
Winnipeg Jets puck-stopper Connor Hellebuyck won the Vezina Trophy last season. Vasilevskiy finished third in the voting that campaign behind Hellebuyck and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask.
"Vasy took both Cups," Kucherov continued. "He took MVP and I (kept) telling him he's MVP. He's the guy that f------, he's the best. He (stood) on his head today, and he kept us in the game. Another shutout by him, remarkable."
He then turned his attention to Canadiens supporters.
"I'm so happy we (won in Tampa Bay on Wednesday)," he said. "I didn't want to go back to Montreal, but they acted, the fans in Montreal, come on. They acted like they won the Stanley Cup last game. You kidding me? Their final was last series."
Canadiens fans piled into the city's streets to celebrate after Montreal won Game 4 in overtime 3-2 on Monday night.
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