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In an attempt to transition to the North American style, he played major junior hockey with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
 
In an attempt to transition to the North American style, he played major junior hockey with Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
 
===Tampa Bay Lightning===
 
===Tampa Bay Lightning===
During the 2013–14 season, on November 25, 2013 (with his first shot on his first shift, against [[Henrik Lundqvist]] of the New York Rangers), Nikita became the seventh player in Lightning history to score a goal in his NHL debut.
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During the 2013–14 season, on November 25, 2013 (with his first shot, on his first shift, against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers), Nikita became the seventh player in Lightning history to score a goal in his NHL debut.
   
 
On October 28, 2014, he recorded his first career hat trick against [[Mike Smith]] of the Arizona Coyotes.
 
On October 28, 2014, he recorded his first career hat trick against [[Mike Smith]] of the Arizona Coyotes.
   
During the 2014–15 NHL season, Nikita had a breakout season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kucherov posted 29 goals, 36 assists and 65 points.
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During the 2014–15 NHL season, Nikita had a breakout season with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kucherov posted 29 goals, 36 assists and 65 points.
   
He also tied for the NHL lead in plus-minus with [[Max Pacioretty]] at a +38 rating. The +38 rating also set the Lightning single season franchise record for +/- rating.
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He also tied for the NHL lead in plus-minus with [[Max Pacioretty]] at a +38 rating. The +38 rating also set the Lightning single season franchise record for +/- rating.
   
 
On May 20, 2015, Nikita joined [[Martin St. Louis]] as the only players in Lightning history to record two game winning goals in overtime in a single playoff year, having scored a winner that evening against the New York Rangers; he had scored one in Game 1 of the prior round against the Montreal Canadiens.
 
On May 20, 2015, Nikita joined [[Martin St. Louis]] as the only players in Lightning history to record two game winning goals in overtime in a single playoff year, having scored a winner that evening against the New York Rangers; he had scored one in Game 1 of the prior round against the Montreal Canadiens.
 
 
==Career Statistics==
 
==Career Statistics==
 
===Regular season and playoffs===
 
===Regular season and playoffs===

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