Tampa Bay has a slew of talented scorers who can hurt a team – and in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final Friday, it was Alex Killorn’s time to shine, as he scored the game winner at Madison Square Garden to send the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn came into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final with six goals and 15 points in 19 games. But his seventh goal and 16th point – an early third-period goal against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden Friday – is the biggest of his three-year NHL career, as it was the game-and-series-winner in a 2-0 Lightning victory.
The 25-year-old Killorn hadn’t scored since Game 3 of the Eastern Final, but when he sent a backhand shot through Blueshirts goalie Henrik Lundqvist’s legs, he provided enough offense to get the Bolts back to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since Tampa won the championship in 2004:
Killorn’s seventh goal of the post-season is one of the reasons the Lightning have now won three series so far. This Bolts squad doesn’t just get scoring from Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov. They have a slew of snipers who can hurt you, and Friday, it was Killorn stepping up to deliver in a high-pressure situation. The winner of the Western Final will have their hands full trying to contain Tampa’s offense in the series to come.