He put one shot on net from the boards, and it skipped off a defender and past the goalie.
Then he skipped ahead on a rush and knocked in a rebound.
Then in the waning seconds, he hustled after a loose puck and shot it into the empty net.
One by one, each of the shots reached the back of the net until Alex Killorn had notched his third goal of the night.
The first hat trick of Killorn’s career came in one of the Lightning’s biggest games. The Lightning had waited nearly all season to play the Capitals — 72 games to be exact — and that only made the stakes higher after it faded against Washington with consecutive shutout losses in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.
Emotion played a role in Tampa Bay’s 6-3 victory that night, but Killorn’s play also proved pivotal. He’s fluid yet physical. He’s not the fastest skater, but skates well and smartly finds ways to create scoring opportunities.
It’s the same style of play he has shown Tampa Bay for seven seasons. He’s one of the core players that has consistently shown up for Tampa Bay.
The problem, however, may lie in the fact he’s in a middle group. Good not great, his hefty contract lingers in a time where the franchise looks for cap money to re-sign emerging superstar Brayden Point.