Active participation in the rout was taken by the Russian striker “Lavin” Valery Nichushkin, who scored a double. He was naturally recognized as the first star of the match. Val, as the striker is called in North America, already has three goals in the final series.
The forward, who just recently had a different 91-goalless streak, is now receiving well-deserved rave reviews. Here’s what Colorado coach Jared Bednar had to say about him.
– Nichushkin was created to play in the final. I’ve said it before: Valery is big, tall, strong, fast, tenacious, hungry, merciless when he’s with the puck. He is ready to realize any moment that he will have. He is able to play with the best, he can be lowered to the lower links, raised to the first. He knows how to play powerplay. I don’t know what else to say about him.
Colorado took a 2-0 lead in the series, but Tampa have been in a similar position twice in this playoff, but both times came out victorious. True, the current owners of the Stanley Cup have not yet experienced such humiliation.
– It’s unusual, – stated coach, “Tampa” John Cooper. We couldn’t fight back. If this continues, the series will probably be short.