Lightning beat Rangers in shootout

TAMPA — Alex Killorn beat Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin in a sixth-round shootout, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped Adam Fox in Thursday night’s 2-1 win over New York at the Amalie Arena.

Vasilevski, who started back-to-back games for the first time since Games 3 and 4 against the Panthers in the second round of the playoffs in May, stopped 45 of the 46 shots he faced.

Brayden Point has put Lightning in that place. He scored his third goal in his last two games, turning a Steven Stamkos pass from Shesterkin 5:32 into the third period. ) on the pad to tie the game at 1.

The Chargers will be hoping a high-energy 4-1 win over the Canadiens on Wednesday night will give them a jump start after the holidays, having won their first two games, and the Coyotes go to town on Saturday to wrap up the year.

Lightning left winger Alex Killorn celebrates after scoring a field goal against Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin.
Lightning left winger Alex Killorn celebrates after scoring a field goal against Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]

The Chargers won two of Vasilevskiy’s back-to-back playoff games and were eliminated in Game 2. While he didn’t let the Rangers make a mistake on Thursday night, he was brilliant at the net.

It was an all-too-familiar face that beat the Chargers goalie early on.

Mika Zibanejad continued his offense against the Lightning and Vasilevskiy last season. The Rangers’ top center fired New York’s first goal from the open at 12:45 of the first period. Zibanejad has now scored nine goals in nine games against Vasilevskiy.

The Chargers lost defenseman Erik Cernak, who came off the ice after a Sammy Blais hit late in the first quarter, in what looked like a head-on collision. Cernak walked down the tunnel to the Lightning locker room and didn’t return with the team for the second quarter.

This story will be updated.

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