September 30, 2022
Goal output aside, Lightning forward Alex Killorn still setting up offense

TAMPA — Alex Killorn just had the best regular-season performance of his 10-year NHL career. In the postseason, he’s been one of the Lightning’s most trusted contributors.

Killorn’s game isn’t all about scoring, even though his career-high 25 goals in the regular season indicates it’s a big part. As the Lightning’s consummate power forward, Killorn is at his best possessing the puck and getting it into the offensive zone for a sustained amount of time. From that, the goals will come.

Killorn actually could have been the hero of Game 4 of the second-round series against Florida when he tipped in Mikhail Sergachev’s puck on net for presumably the first goal. But following a 10-minute challenge review, it was ruled the puck hit the netting, making it a dead puck, and Killorn’s goal was taken off the board.

“I think he’s played fabulous,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “…But you can’t judge all these players on how many pucks they put in the net. It’s hard enough because they judge themselves. But we don’t judge them that way.”

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