The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four second-period goals to beat the Ducks, 4-1, in Anaheim on Wednesday.
The Lightning trailed 1-0 after the first period before coming alive in the second, as Anton Stralamn, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos all found the back of the net.
“Yeah, I think we were playing pretty well in the first period,” Lightning left winger Alex Killorn said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “The score wasn’t the score we wanted, but I think we were playing well. We were pretty positive and confident going into the second period. I think we had a lot more shots in the second period, which really helped. We were lucky a few of them actually went in.”
Tampa Bay (36-18-6) knows that goals on the road can be hard to come by. The Lightning are 22-6-1 at home and 14-12-5 everywhere else.
“I think with us especially, we’ve kind of had a tough little run here on the road,” Killorn said. “When you get down one on the road, it’s even tougher, so I think we showed a lot of resiliency coming back. Our second period was very strong. We pride ourselves on the way we play after we get scored on, so we were pretty happy with the way things went.”
The Lightning, who are tied with Montreal for the Eastern Conference lead with 78 points, play eight of their 12 games on the road this month.
“It’s huge,” Killorn said. “I know coming into the end of the regular season, you start looking at the standings a little more. It’s so tight. A bad month can really take you out of things or put you ahead. With us, this road trip especially, playing the teams that we’re playing – it’s huge to get points. As many as we can.”
The Lightning have been led by their triplets: Johnson, Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. They rank first, third and fourth, respectively, on the team in points, with 56, 51 and 44. Johnson has 22 goals and 34 assists, Kucherov has 22 goals 29 assists, and Palat has 12 goals and 32 assists.
“I think with us, we have a lot of guys contributing,” Killorn said. “They’re doing great for us, but I think we’re getting a lot of production from a lot of other lines. Guys like (Brian) Boyle, (Cedric) Paquette, (Brett) Connolly all have (at least 11) goals. When you’re getting contributions from everyone, it makes it a little bit easier for those guys that do score a lot.”
And then there’s Stamkos, who leads the team with 31 goals.
“When he scores, he scores in bunches,” said Killorn, who has 12 goals and 18 assists of his own. “With him, he’s been really steady this whole year. He’s been very consistent. I think right now he’s shown the player that he is. He’s obviously one of the top players in the league. And for me, it’s easy playing with a guy like that. You just get him the puck.”
Tampa Bay plays at Arizona (20-31-7) this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and at Colorado (24-23-11) this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.