For the past six seasons, Lightning forward Alex Killorn hovered close to the 20-goal mark. This season he made it there, getting No. 20 against the Jets on Friday.
When Killorn scored his 10th goal on Dec. 19, in Game No. 33, 20 looked pretty achievable. He picked up his pace, scoring the second 10 in his past 15 games.
“It wasn’t something I was really thinking about,” Killorn said. “I think that’s one of the reasons why things have been going well. I’m really not too worried about it, just kind of playing.”
If he could maintain that recent pace, he’d have 55 goals on the season, a feat that would lead the league most years. As it is, overall he’s on pace for 35.
Killorn has scored skilled wrist shots and deflected pucks in front of the net this season, but he has been a master of the rebound recently. Here are some of his best rebound goals of the season.
Mitchell Stephens shot from the left circle. Killorn continued on to net and was just off the crease when the puck bounced off goalie Laurent Brossoit’s pads. Killorn took a quick shot from under the left hash marks, firing the puck across the goalie. It was the final goal of a 7-1 win, and then Lightning bench went wild.
Jan Rutta fired a shot from the point that got past goalie Martin Jones, but defenseman Radim Simek deflected the puck out of the crease. Killorn was one of four players trying to find the puck in the low slot when it landed. He got there first and fired it in.
Killorn started a New Year’s Eve comeback. The Lightning were down 4-1 in the second period when he scored a power-play goal. Killorn started with the puck behind the net and passed to Nikita Kucherov. Kucherov snapped the puck back to Killorn at the post. Killorn quickly passed to Brayden Point in the low slot. Point’s shot rang off the post, and Killorn banked in the puck. Killorn also scored the winner in the third as the Lightning won 6-4.
Killorn moved to the third line with Cedric Paquette and Pat Maroon, in part to spark more production from that unit. It worked. Killorn opened the scoring five minutes into a 4-0 win. Maroon put the puck on the net, and the Killorn jammed it in through a tiny gap above goalie Adin Hill’s blade at the post.
As Anthony Cirelli came through the middle of the ice, drawing three Panthers to him, Killorn stayed wide. The puck popped out to him, and he flung a quick shot on goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. The goal was the Lighting’s second in a 2-1 win and became the winner when Florida got its goal in the third.