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Lightning notes: Special day for Killorn in Montreal

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Published:   |   Updated: April 19, 2013 at 07:33 AM
MONTREAL -

Playing in the atmosphere at the Bell Centre is a highlight for many NHL players in their career.
 
For players from the Montreal area, it's a particularly special opportunity.
 
The Tampa Lightning have several players who have gone through the experience – Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis and Pierre-Cedric Labrie, who made his NHL debut in Montreal.
 
On Thursday, rookie LW Alex Killorn, 23, played in Montreal for the first time as an NHL player as Tampa Bay faced the Canadiens. Killorn played at Bell Centre this year while in the American Hockey League when Syracuse played Hamilton, Montreal's farm team, on Nov. 9 in front of 18,582 fans during the NHL lockout.
 
Killorn was born in Nova Scotia but moved to Montreal as an infant and grew up 20 minutes away from the arena. He attended many Canadiens games.
 
At the time, he never realized why the atmosphere at a Montreal game is considered the best in the league.
 
“It was the most exciting thing you could do when you are living in Montreal, but you don't really have anything to base it on because I didn't get to go to other rinks and other arenas,” said Killorn, who picked up an assist on a second-period power-play goal. “Once you start playing in other rinks in other cities, you start to realize how great this atmosphere (in Montreal) is. It was a great atmosphere, it was really exciting. You sort of got some chills when the intros go off. It's cool.”
 
Killorn was called up by the Lightning on Feb. 10. On Thursday, he experienced his first taste of that atmosphere as an NHL player.
 
“It's really exciting, and I'll have a ton of friends and family watching,” Killorn said.
 
 
Pyatt out again


C Tom Pyatt will miss his second consecutive game with what is being labeled an upper-body injury after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following a hit along the boards by Buffalo D Mike Weber on Sunday.
 
“I was a little dazed, got my bell rung a little bit,” Pyatt said. “It's nothing serious, but you don't want to rush it back too quick.''
 
Pyatt missed practice Wednesday, but he was on the ice for Thursday's morning skate wearing a red jersey, normally worn by injured players. He hopes to be back in the lineup Sunday when Tampa Bay hosts Carolina.
 
“This was my first time on the ice in the past few days, but it felt pretty good,” Pyatt said.
 
Stamkos: Scoring title not the goal


C Steven Stamkos and RW Marty St. Louis entered the Montreal game with the opportunity to capture individual league trophies: Stamkos sits one goal behind Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy, while Stamkos and St. Louis are three points behind injured C Sidney Crosby for the scoring title.
 
For Stamkos, that subject only comes to mind when brought up by the media.
 
“Once the puck drops, you shouldn't be thinking about (individual accomplishments),” Stamkos said. “This is the only time I think about it is when I'm asked about it. That's something I've learned through the years. If you think about it, it starts messing with your game a little bit, you start cheating and you start hoping, you start forcing things. That's not the way to get rewarded on the ice. You get rewarded by playing smart and playing hard, doing the things that made you successful in the past when you weren't thinking about them.”
 
Nuts and Bolts


D Sami Salo played two shifts into the second period and did not return because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. … Tampa Bay has allowed the first goal in six consecutive games and fallen behind by at least two goals in five consecutive games.


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