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Jon Cooper gets win in NHL coaching debut and Lightning slip past Devils in shootout 5-4

Friday, 03.29.2013 / 10:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jon Cooper gets win in NHL coaching debut and Lightning slip past Devils in shootout 5-4

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Killorn scored with 15.1 seconds left in the third period and Tampa Bay won 5-4 in a shootout over the New Jersey Devils to give new Lightning coach Jon Cooper a victory in his NHL debut on Friday night.

The Lightning pulled even at 4 when Killorn scored from the right circle. Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman scored for Tampa Bay in the shootout.

Cooper was hired as the eighth coach in Lightning history Monday, one day after the team announced the firing of Guy Boucher. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay's top minor league team.

Steven Stamkos scored his 24th and 25th goals this season and added an assist for the Lightning. Nate Thompson had the other Tampa Bay goal.

The Devils got goals from Andrei Loktionov, Tom Kostopoulos, Andy Greene and Ryan Carter.

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