Killorn scores in OT, Lightning recovers to defeat Stars
COVER — Alex Killorn scored at 3:43 of overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied for a 5-4 victory against the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.
Killorn, who had three points, scored from the slot off a pass Steven Stamkos for his 500th NHL assist.
“A big goal for our team,” Stamkos said. “Doing it on an overtime goal that helps the team win is probably as good as it’s going to get.”
Stamkos, Nicholas Paul, Ross Colton i Ian Cole each had a goal and an assist for the Lightning (9-6-1). Brian Elliott made 28 saves.
“I think we’re still finding each other, but every game the guys are getting more comfortable with each other,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “We’re making progress. I thought this was a really good test. Dallas has beaten a lot of good teams.”
Joe Pavelski i Jason Robertson each had a goal and an assist, and I look at Heiskanen had two assists for the Stars (9-5-2). Jake Oettinger made 33 saves.
“Great point on the road against a really good team,” Dallas coach Peter DeBoer said. “They’re not all going to look good or be perfect games. That game went back and forth three or four times, so that was a good point.”
Colton gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead 1:20 into the first period when he stuffed a rebound off a shot from Vladislav Namestnikov.
March of Masons tied it 1-1 with a power play goal at 14:45 when he redirected a Robertson shot.
Robertson (18 points; nine goals, nine assists) and Roope Hintz (13 points; four goals, nine assists) each extended their point streaks to nine games with Marchment’s goal.
“I just had a little contact [the puck] and I tried to change the angle,” Marchment said. “I thought we fought hard tonight. If we stayed out of the box tonight, we would have had a very good chance to win this game.”
Paul put the Lightning ahead 2-1 at 4:47 of the second period when he beat Hintz to the puck and scored from the slot.
“We were going through the middle, winning second battles, coming out of the corners and looking,” Paul said. “When you get pucks to the net and you’re winning battles, things open up.”
Pavelski tied it 2-2 at 8:02 with a power play goal on a follow-up shot from the front.
Robertson gave Dallas a 3-2 lead at 9:57 with a shot from the slot off a Pavelski pass.
“It was one of our tightest games, most of our wins have been by a lot,” Roberson said. “It’s our second game of the year in overtime. We had a lot of chances in overtime, but you can’t beat yourself up the ice.”
Stamkos tied the game at 3-3 with a power play goal at 14:23, redirecting a Cole shot.
Cole’s first goal for the Lightning gave them a 4-3 lead at 3:55 of the third period when he slid the puck past Oettinger from close range.
“I saw [Victor Hedman] ending for [one timer]so I thought he didn’t go high on the puck,” Cole said. “He just had a little bit of space, he slipped, I saw guys coming at the far post… [I] I just tried to shove it in quickly and it worked.”
Radek Faksa tied it 4-4 with a shorthanded goal at 15:18 later Mikhail Sergachev he turned the puck over in the defensive zone.
“We were resilient, down 4-3 in the bottom of the third, and there was no panic on the bench,” DeBoer said. “Guys were getting into it. We needed someone to go with a big goal and Radek did that.”
Stamkos is the second Lightning player to reach 500 assists; Martin St. Louis had 588. Stamkos, their captain, has 989 points (489 goals, 500 assists) in 938 NHL games.
“For a guy that a lot of people think is just a shooter, I’m going to rub it in their face a little bit,” Stamkos said. “I’ve played for a long time and I’ve played with some really amazing players. I’ve had a lot of good memories in this league, and hopefully a lot more.”
NOTES: Center of stars Ty Dellandrea left the game at 4:44 of the third period after taking time out of his knee. DeBoer said he was taking x-rays. … Flash forward Corey Perry had an assist for his first point in 10 games. … Pavelski scored his 430th NHL goal and passed Bill Guerin for eighth all-time among American-born players. … Stamkos scored his first goal in 11 games.
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