The Tampa Bay Lightning capped an incredible run through the postseason with the franchise’s second-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
Although the Lightning were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in six tight Cup Final games, the playoff ride will be remembered by Tampa Bay fans for its resilience and exhilaration.
In one final salute to the 2014-15 Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, we’ve ranked the top 11 Bolts’ moments from the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Because there were too many candidates to squeeze into just 10 spots.
Relive the Bolts’ journey to the Stanley Cup Final and enjoy the experience for a second time.
2. KILL INSTINCT
Lightning forward Alex Killorn was a monster in the postseason, tallying nearly as many goals (9) in 26 playoff games as he did during 71 regular season contests (15).
In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Killorn scored, arguably, the top goal of the entire 2014-15 NHL season.
On the play, Anton Stralman latched onto the puck in the offensive zone along the right boards and sent it toward the net, where Killorn was waiting at the near post. With his back to goal, Killorn swatted the puck out of the air with a backhanded, behind-the-back swipe, knocking it down onto the ice and bouncing it past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford at the post, an unbelievable display of hand-eye coordination that left the viewer thinking: “Did that just happen?”Killorn’s wonder goal provided the Lightning with the first blow in the Stanley Cup Final, but Chicago would win the battle, taking the series in six hard-fought games.
Killorn would score again in the SCF goal in Game 4 and finished the playoffs third on the Bolts for goals and tied for third for points (18).