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Boucher liked what he saw from Killorn's debut

Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Lonnie Herman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

TAMPA, Fla. -- There wasn't much for the Tampa Bay Lightning to cheer about Sunday as they concluded a winless 0-3 road trip with a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the New York Rangers for their fourth consecutive loss, but coach Guy Boucher did find one bright spot.

Alexander Killorn, making his NHL debut after being called up from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, picked up an assist and skated aggressively in 13:17 minutes of ice time.

"The AHL is a development league; the NHL is a performance league," Boucher said. "You're here to win. When a young guy enters your lineup it is not time for experiments; it's time to see if he can hack it. Can he contribute? Is he reliable? And if he is, you can show him more ice time.

"I saw Killorn in the first two shifts, I start him on the third line and then I realized that he had assets and he's proving it right now and I can use him with top guys, so he deserves it. It's not a question of age or experience, it's a matter of if they are ready. If a guy is ready, let's go."

Killorn finished the game skating on the second line with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell and saw time on the second power-play unit.

A product of Harvard University, the 23-year-old is a native of Quebec, as is Boucher.

"I followed his career from afar," he said, "so it was funny that when I got the job here, he's here now. He's a good person, good family, and hopefully his career takes off and another Montrealer doing well."

LIGHTNING

Cory ConacherSteven StamkosMartin St. Louis

Alexander KillornVincent LecavalierTeddy Purcell

Benoit PouliotTom PyattAdam Hall

B.J. CrombeenNate ThompsonRichard Panik

Eric BrewerMatthew Carle

Victor HedmanSami Salo

Keith AulieBrian Lee

Anders Lindback

Mathieu Garon

Scratched: Brendan Mikkelson, Marc-Andre Bergeron, Pierre-Cedric Labrie

Injured: Ryan Malone

CANADIENS

Brian GiontaTomas PlekanecRene Bourque

Erik ColeLars EllerBrandon Prust

Max PaciorettyAlex GalchenyukBrendan Gallagher

Colby ArmstrongDavid DesharnaisTravis Moen

Andrei MarkovAlexei Emelin

Francis BouillonP.K. Subban

Josh GorgesRaphael Diaz

Carey Price

Peter Budaj

Scratched: Ryan White, Tomas Kaberle

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild