TAMPA — Alex Volkov is on the board. The rookie recorded his first NHL point in Game No. 7. He assisted Alex Killorn on the Lightning’s first goal of Tuesday’s game against the Kings.
“I’m so excited to get my first NHL point,” Volkov said after the 4-3 shootout win. “Finally, I did it.”
Killorn started the play, tipping the puck up to Volkov on the way out of the defensive zone. Volkov then carried the puck into the offensive zone and made a move on Drew Doughty, circling around to find Killorn coming up behind him.
Volkov has looked like a more confident player in his second NHL stint. He had two good shots in Saturday’s game against Philadelphia, including one where many young players would have passed.
He also took his first (and second) penalty on Tuesday. Volkov was given a questionable penalty for playing with a broken stick. He didn’t seem to realize it was broken at first and then threw it away.
He didn’t know what was going on when the penalty was first called, and hadn’t seen it called before.
Later in the third period, Volkov was called for a more traditional hooking call.
Volkov was recalled on Friday after Ondrej Palat and Pat Maroon were hurt in Thursday’s game against Arizona. He has played in all three games since.
That has to hurt
Being on the receiving end of Steven Stamkos’ one-timer is not a lot of fun. It’s a hard shot from close range, even with all the padding.
Jonathan Quick took that shot to a space without much padding on Tuesday.
Stamkos’ shot caught the Kings goalie up high, in the neck or mask, and he immediately collapsed to the ice. Stamkos got a second shot off, but Matt Roy blocked it. The whistle blew a second later and the athletic trainer came out to look at Quick.
After a couple of minutes, Quick decided to stay in the game. That kind of hit would leave many people curled up in a ball, probably crying.