62 victories, had the Tampa Bay Lightning with their Stars Nikita Kutscherow (128 Skorerpunkte!) Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman in the Regular Season, accumulated, and thus the record of the legendary Detroit Red Wings from the 1995/96 season, equalised.
it was pulled in the Playoffs, the Team from Florida, the plug-in. The Columbus Blue Jackets, in which John Tortorella of those Trainer stands to the gang, the 2004 Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup win, did not win the series. No, they dominated and won in the fast-track procedure with 19:8 goals.
Kukans series: 11 victories in 12 Games,
And in the middle of a Swiss Dean Kukan. The world championship silver hero of Copenhagen had spent long stretches of the season, the surplus in the stands. However, the 25-Year-old remained calm, waited for his Chance. And they came up. As Columbus struggled in the final stages of qualifying for a place in the Playoffs, let Tortorella Zurich ran. And the defender has impressed his Coach immediately through his Composure and his fortune, the game boost.
Since the 24. March is the Zurich, launched his career in Sweden, fix the Team. And with him the “blue jackets” to overcome. With seven Wins from the last eight games Kukan & co. Last minute secured the Playoff Ticket. And then the Coup came against Tampa Bay.
Coach Tortorella likes Kukans courage
In the last game (7:3) he was just under 19 minutes on the ice, and was celebrated in the media. “Where would the Blue Jackets, if Kukan would not have made in the Playoffs is a big step forward? Good God, he played incredibly. Columbus missing with Ryan Murray and Markus Nutivaara two key players. But Kukans rise has helped tremendously,” writes, “The Athletic”.
“You never know when a defender Matures. You should give up, players never. Especially defenders. You really have to be patient, so that they can develop the”” says Tortorella, to the especially like the fact that Kukan is willing to take risks and error is not out of the rest.
AHL – Champions-League-winner
So Kukan is currently an integral part of the Columbus Team. In the NHL Playoffs, the defender, who earned “only” 725’000 dollars per year (contract up to 2020) had played before, never.
But his record looks bad: in addition to the world Cup silver he has the victory in the Champions Hockey League with Lulea 2015 and the AHL-champion title in 2016 with the Cleveland Monsters. And now he dreams of the Stanley Cup. Who will sweep away the Tampa Bay, needs to be afraid of anyone.
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