Killorn questionable for Lightning against Canadiens in Game 2 of Final


TAMPA — Alex Killorn‘s status for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) is uncertain after the Tampa Bay Lightning forward sustained an undisclosed injury in Game 1 on Monday.

Killorn, who plays on the second line with Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos, is on their top power-play unit and is a part of their penalty kill.

“Hard to say right now,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday. “I’d throw him in that day to day category.”

Killorn didn’t play during the final 19:04 of a 5-1 Lightning win in Game 1 after playing one shift that lasted 23 seconds in the first minute of the third period.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series.

Killorn appeared to be in pain after sliding to block a slap shot from Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry with his left leg at 13:32 of the second period.

He was able to skate to the bench under his own power before falling over the boards into the bench area. He stayed on the bench and went back on the ice to skate around during the next media timeout.

Killorn played two more shifts in the second period, neither lasting longer than 24 seconds, and one shift in the third before leaving the game.

If Killorn can’t play in Game 2, the Lightning could insert defenseman Luke Schenn and use a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen. They did that in Games 2, 4 and 5 against the Florida Panthers in the Stanley Cup First Round when forward Barclay Goodrow was out with an upper-body injury.

Mathieu Joseph is the only other forward to play for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, appearing in Games 1 and 3 against the Panthers.

Forward Gemel Smith skated in warmups prior to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against the New York Islanders when it was unclear if forward Nikita Kucherov was going to be able to play because of an undisclosed injury.

Kucherov played, so Smith has not appeared in a game during the playoffs.

Killorn is fourth in scoring on the Lightning in the postseason with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 19 games. He is averaging 17:32 of ice time per game, including 2:34 on the power play and 1:38 on the penalty kill.

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