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Lightning wins 9th straight on Alex Killorn’s overtime goal

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The streak has reached record proportions.

The Tampa Bay Lightning won their ninth straight game Saturday night, the most in the history of the franchise. The previous best was eight in the Stanley Cup-winning season of 2004.

Alex Killorn scored the winning goal with 42.5 seconds left in overtime to snap a 3-3 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes. Ondrej Palat scored two goals and Tyler Johnson scored one when the Bolts trailed 3-2 in the third period.

Killorn took the puck the length of the ice, sped across the crease and lifted his shot into the net behind Eddie Lack.

“I was trying to figure out how to make a play…Just ended up skating up the ice,” Killorn said. “They called me off (the ice), but I knew one of the guys who was a forward was playing defense, so I just had to step on him and took it wide of the goalie.”

Ben Bishop stopped 24 of 27 shots.

“I think the team has a lot of character and confidence with one another,” said Johnson, who scored his third goal in three games, “and we know that when we need to step up we can step up. We have been playing a lot better lately, and I think we can do better. I think this team until that final buzzer sounds, we always think we can win, and that means a lot.”

Tampa Bay is at Philadelphia Monday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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