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Best of the Bolts: Final Four - Matchup 2

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Voting in the second group of the Final Four starts at noon on August 31 and ends at noon on September 2. The matchup is listed below and you can vote as many times as you'd like for your favorite play.

Blue Bracket Winner: Killorn Finishes off Red Wings

Alex Killorn has a knack for rising to the occasion.

The higher the stakes, the greater Killorn’s impact.

Last season, the 26-year-old forward delivered the winning goal in Game 7 against the Rangers to clinch the Eastern Conference crown and a spot in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

And who could forget his wonder goal in the opening game of the SCF when he tipped a shot down onto the ice with his backhand, bouncing it past Corey Crawford for the first goal of the series.

In 2016, Killorn continued to save his best for when it counted most.

With a chance to close out the Detroit Red Wings on home ice in Game 5 of a first round series, the Lightning labored to find a way to get a puck past Petr Mrazek. Through 58 minutes, neither team had been able to score.

Mrazek misplayed a puck behind his goal in the closing seconds, however, and the Lightning capitalized. Ryan Callahan grabbed possession, and Killorn went to an open area of the net.

Callahan passed.

Killorn backhanded.

The Lightning scored.

And the Red Wings were finished, for the second year in a row, at the hands of the Lightning.

White Bracket Winner: Tic-Tac-Goal

An early-season tilt in Winnipeg was a lesson in perseverance for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 during regulation. The Jets answered each time, forcing overtime.

The Lightning needed just 36 seconds in the extra frame to come away with both points.

Steven Stamkos blocked a puck at the defensive blue line and started a three-on-one break the other way with Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat.

Tyler Myers was the lone player back for Winnipeg, Ondrej Pavalec the last line of defense in goal.

The Lightning trio proceeded to make them both look silly.

Stamkos hit a trailing Hedman, who sent it back to Stamkos, who passed cross-ice to Palat, who tapped in on the back post.

The overtime win was the Bolts’ lone victory on their second road trip of the season, a four-gamer in October in which the Bolts went 1-1-2.

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