Lightning center Alex Killorn scores in the first period against Corey Crawford Wednesday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Lightning came out of the gate strongly Wednesday in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup final series against the Blackhawks – and the Bolts were rewarded with the first goal of the final when Alex Killorn scored on a brilliant deflection.
Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final Wednesday saw the host Tampa Bay Lightning come out of the gate strongly – and they were rewarded for their energy when center Alex Killorn scored the first goal of the series on a brilliant deflection.
Killorn began the scoring play from behind his own net, quickly moving the puck up before the Bolts pushed into Chicago's zone some four-and-a-half minutes into the opening frame. Then, after teammate Anton Stralman sent a light shot in the general direction of Corey Crawford – the puck was a good foot-and-a-half wide – Killorn managed to get his stick on it and drastically change its direction to beat the Hawks goaltender:
The goal was Killorn's eighth (as well as his 17th point) of the 2015 post-season in 21 games. In 71 regular-season games, the 25-year-old scored 15 goals and 38 points.