Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn has been ruled out of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, head coach Jon Cooper announced.
Cooper said it will be a game-time decision as to which player replaces Killorn, who appeared to injure his left leg in Tampa Bay’s 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 on Monday.
“He’s day-to-day in the series,” Cooper said of Killorn after the morning skate Wednesday. “It’s very much like (the Steven) Stamkos (injury) situation last year. I’ll let you know when he’s going to play but he’ll be out tonight.”
Killorn appeared to be injured after blocking a shot by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry with his left foot in the second period.
“He brings immense value and I can have this conversation about all 20 guys in different ways,” Cooper said. “Alex is a piece to the puzzle. He plays multiple special teams, he kills penalties for us, he’s on the top power-play unit, he can check for us, he chips in on the goal scoring side of things. He’s a depth veteran player you can depend on game in and game out.NHL.com
Killorn, 31, recorded 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) in 56 games during the regular season. He is fourth on the team with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 19 games so far in the postseason.
–Field Level Media