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Lightning's Killorn scores fantastic goal in loss

by Shawn Roarke / NHL.com

TAMPA -- Lost in the late comeback by the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday was Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn's fantastic goal, a likely candidate for best of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Killorn was stationed to the left of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford as Valtteri Filppula won a race to a dump-in and fed the puck to the point, where defenseman Anton Stralman was waiting.

Stralman launched a bit of a knuckler that was going wide; that is, until Killorn violently jabbed his stick down and got the shaft on the wobbling puck to send it past a caught-off-guard Crawford at 4:31 into the game for a 1-0 Tampa Bay lead.

"I mean, you don't expect to score on those shots, but I was just trying to sort of hit it toward the net," Killorn said. "Not something you practice, but lucky it went in.

"You just have to catch it out of the air. It wasn't coming incredibly fast. It's one of those things where you have to get your elbow up so you can redirect it toward the net.

The goal was Killorn's eighth of the playoffs, third most on the Lightning. He also scored the game-opening goal Friday when the Lightning won 2-0 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

It continues a hot streak for Killorn, who has five goals and five assists in his past 10 games, dating to Game 5 of the second-round series against the Montreal Canadiens on May 9.

But the beauty of Killorn's goal Wedesday became nothing more than a side note after Chicago staged its late comeback with two goals in less than two minutes late in the third period to steal Game 1.

Game 2 is Saturday at Amalie Arena (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"It's disappointing," Killorn said. "Now we realize that we can play with these guys. I think we sat back a little bit too much, maybe a little bit too scared to lose. But when you give a team like that so much possession time with the puck, they're going to make plays. That first shot, a seeing-eye shot, goes in, and they make a good play on the second one. So, we just have to play the same way all three periods."

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