Killorn’s overtime goal keys Bolts’ victory

by Gary Shelton on December 4, 2022

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Killorn's overtime goal ended things./TIM WIRT

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Maybe you thought his nickname was just a play on his surname.

Not so. Alex Killorn showed again Saturday night why they call him "Killer."

Killorn snuffed out the last hope of the Toronto Maple Leafs when he scored a goal 33 seconds into overtime to give his Tampa Bay Lightning a 4-3 win. It was Killorn's second overtime winner of the last month.

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Cirelli had two assists in his return./TIM WIRT

The goal ended an up-and-down night for Tampa Bay, one in which they gave up a short-handed goal (their sixth of the season), 39 shots and lost a one-goal lead in the third period.

Still, the Bolts won when Killorn coaxed a shot just under the arm of Leafs' goaltender Matt Murray for his eighth goal of the year.

"I’m probably not in the best spot to shoot, but I got ahold of it and it just goes under his glove," Killorn said.

The Bolts also got goals from Vlad Namestnikov, Nikita Kuchdrov and Ross Colton. Anthony Cirelli, making his season debut, had two assists. Corey Perry had two assists as well.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 of 39 shots.

"(Having Cirelli back was) huge," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. "You can’t say enough. You do all this training. The last couple of months all he’s done is grind, grind grind. The body’s feeling good, but until you get into a game... Game shape is a lot different than practice shape. He got better and better. He's going to be a big add for us."

Cooper, however, referred to the game as "weird." Still, it was the Bolts' 15th win of the season.

Tampa Bay is home on Tuesday night against Detroit for a 7 p.m. game.

Namestnikov scored his first of the season./TIM WIRT

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