TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Killorn scored with 15.1 seconds left in the third period and Tampa Bay won 5-4 in a shootout over the New Jersey Devils to give new Lightning coach Jon Cooper a victory in his NHL debut on Friday night.
The Lightning pulled even at 4 when Killorn scored from the right circle. Teddy Purcell and Victor Hedman scored for Tampa Bay in the shootout.
Cooper was hired as the eighth coach in Lightning history Monday, one day after the team announced the firing of Guy Boucher. Cooper had been coaching Syracuse of the AHL, Tampa Bay’s top minor league team.
Steven Stamkos scored his 24th and 25th goals this season and added an assist for the Lightning. Nate Thompson had the other Tampa Bay goal.
The Devils got goals from Andrei Loktionov, Tom Kostopoulos, Andy Greene and Ryan Carter.
After blowing a two-goal lead, Greene’s power-play goal put the Devils up 3-2 with 6:02 left in the second. Carter’s short-handed goal made it 4-2 at 2:39 of the third.
Stamkos cut the Lightning deficit to 4-3 on his second goal of the game at 7:11 of the third.
DUCKS 2, BLACKHAWKS 1
In Chicago, Sheldon Souray scored the go-ahead goal with 2:08 left, Jonas Hiller made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 2-1 to end a four-game losing streak.
Souray’s drive through a screen from the left point hit the stick of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and deflected past Ray Emery, who suffered his first loss of the season.
Anaheim’s Corey Perry scored at 1:15 of the second period in the meeting of the top two teams in the Western Conference, played before a season-high crowd of 22,105.
Chicago’s Patrick Kane scored a power-play goal at 2:26 of the third period to extend his point streak to eight games.
He has six goals and nine assists during the span.
Anaheim, which had been outscored 15-6 during its slide, tightened up defensively and checked Chicago closely through much of the game.
Emery made 22 saves.
ISLANDERS: Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has agreed to a two-year contract extension with New York.
Visnovsky has nine points (three goals, six assists) in 22 games with the Islanders this season.
He was acquired on June 22, 2012, from the Anaheim Ducks for a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
He had a career season with Anaheim during the 2010-11 season, when he scored 18 goals and 50 assists in 81 games.