Nikita Kucherov Is Sparing No Feelings In His Never-Ending Quest To Make All Goaltenders Look Stupid
I suppose we shouldn't have expected any less from someone that was able to turn a complete lack of a move into his jaw-dropping signature move, but spicing up a ghosting that gives a goalie's legs less closure than a Tinder conquest is undeniable proof that Nikita Kucherov is the NHL's greatest showman. Being able to repeatedly sell one phantom deke to those whose job is to remain frugal with their movements is impressive enough as is, but the Lightning forward legitimately tantalized one of the best goaltenders in the league into following the puck through the entirety of an obstacle course that - judging by his instant reaction - he knew to be invisible. Appearing to have the puck on a string used to be the most sought after form of in-game wizardry, but Kucherov has successfully waved his wand so many times that the most focused men on the ice are continuously surprised when he doesn't...
And you know what, while I appreciate the show, I pity the guy that once again had to pay the price for our tickets. Poor Braden Holtby. The person who gets fooled twice by the same source is generally supposed to wear the shame, but the creativity of this particular magician truly transcends an overused figure of speech. Not only is there not a right way to play Nikita Kucherov on a breakaway, but there might not even be a way that limits your seemingly inevitable embarrassment. It's either watch the puck intently only to be insanely late when he actually moves it or shoots it, or follow his body only to end up looking like your swatting at a fly while the puck casually glides through your legs. Nelly and Kelly Rowland couldn't even sex up a dilemma that agonizing. It's a catch-22, but the only think you're actually catching is the hook, line, and sinker in a way that would comparatively make a fish out of water feel as if it were in control of the situation.