Lightning players are celebrating their second consecutive Stanley Cup victory but one couldn’t help but address a serious topic after involving their opponent’s fans.
Defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, who was drafted ninth overall by the Canadiens back in 2016, revealed that Habs fans had sent death threats to the players and their families during the series. Sergachev revealed the news in response to a Canadiens fan who took issue with Nikita Kucherov’s post-game rant about Habs fans celebrating like they had won the Cup following their Game 5 win. The tweet was quickly deleted afterwards but screenshots were taken during the short time it was up.
As for the Kucherov rant...
This is the kind of stuff we hate to see in the game. Regardless of how fierce the competiton gets, players should never receive death threats and families should never be involved in the first place. If you can recall, Mark Scheifele’s family also received hate messages from Habs fans after his hit on Jake Evans.
This needs to stop. Hopefully Lightning players and their families don’t let this ruin the party too much.