The Lightning received the Stanley Cup on Wednesday, defeating the Canadiens 1-0 in Sport 5. Nevertheless, the most important information could have come after they started lifting the Stanley Cup. Wearing his uniform, Alex Killorn revealed to Sportsnet’s Kyle Bukauskas that he suffered a damaged fibula, had a rod surgically put into the damaged bone — and was nonetheless hoping to play.
“I tried for Game 4 but clearly it wasn’t good enough,” he mentioned as captain Steven Stamkos referred to as him a warrior. “Then it got worse after trying it. The boys did a good job that I didn’t have to play. I was hoping I didn’t have to use it but if it came down to it, I would probably play the next game or Game 7. But the boys didn’t let that happen.”
Killorn missed Video games 2-5 after blocking a Jeff Petry shot within the second interval of Sport 1. Enjoying with out a stick after handing it to defenseman Victor Hedman, Killorn laid his physique on the road to forestall the shot from getting by means of. He was proven on the bench in some ache and performed 4 extra shifts — together with one within the third interval — earlier than lacking the remainder of the sport.
As he famous, he skated in warmups for Sport 4 however didn’t play. Killorn was on the ice to have fun and shook fingers with the Canadiens earlier than getting his likelihood to carry the Stanley Cup for the second straight 12 months.
Killorn usually skated on the Bolts’ second line with Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli, and was a part of the Lightning’s high power-play unit. He was additionally a key penalty killer.
“Alex is a piece of the puzzle,” Cooper mentioned earlier than Sport 2. “He plays multiple special teams, he kills penalties for us, he’s on the top power-play unit, he can check for us, he chips in on the goal-scoring side of things. He’s a depth, veteran player you can depend on game in and game out. He’s the guy that … you look on the scoresheet and he’s gobbled up 18 minutes, and he’s got some blocked shots, he’s got some hits, he’s got this, he’s got that. When you win a hockey game, he’s contributed in a way that doesn’t always get his picture in the paper.”
He completed the playoffs tied for second on the group with eight objectives and picked up 17 factors in 19 video games. Eight of these factors had been on the facility play, and one was a short-handed help. Through the common season, he chipped in 33 factors (15 objectives, 18 assists) in 56 video games.
“Killer is a big part of our team,” Tyler Johnson mentioned previous to Sport 2. “He eats up a lot of minutes and plays in every situation. It’s going to be everyone having to step up in different roles. That’s the great thing about our team, we have that depth. It’s going to take everybody.”
Johnson took Killorn’s spot on the second line and notched an assist on the team’s first goal in Game 2 for his fourth point in 20 playoff games. Ross Colton, the Stanley Cup-clinching goal-scorer was in his spot for Game 5.
Mathieu Joseph, who hadn’t performed for the reason that first spherical vs. the Panthers, slotted into the roster on the fourth line. He has two assists towards the Canadiens. The Laval, Que., native performed two video games towards Florida and performed 4 video games through the Lightning’s 2020 Stanley Cup run. In 56 regular-season video games this 12 months, he tallied 12 objectives and 7 assists.