Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) passes the puck to center Steven Stamkos (91) as Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (37) defends during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa, Florida-- Lightning fans know the faces of captain Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos, but a few new faces are shining for the Bolts this season. Radko Gudas and Alex Killorn are both young players with bright futures.
"He's not the biggest guy on the team but he's got one of the biggest hearts," head coach Jon Cooper said of Gudas. "He's fearless."
Gudas is the bruiser and isn't afraid to mix it up. He's gotten in a few scuffles already this season and his teammates are starting to appreciate his tough style of play.
"Everytime he's on the ice the other team's aware and that's what you want on your team," said forward Steven Stamkos.
His head coach agrees.
"He's always putting everybody ahead of himself," said Cooper. "It's really hard not to admire the way he plays. He's not a dirty player; he plays the game honest. You can't ask for anything more than that."
While Gudas intimidates Lightning opponents, Killorn baffles them with his array of offensive skills. Through seven games, Killorn is tied with Valtteri Filppula for fifth on the team in points (6), behind Teddy Purcell (8), and Stamkos and St. Louis ( both 10). His nickname is 'Killer', and he's becoming one on offense.
"Things have happened to go well for me to start," said the Harvard alum. "I just kind of want to keep rolling with it. I'm getting the opportunity with playing in certain situations and I just want to keep it going."
Gudas and Killorn will try to help the Lightning strike up a little revenge when they host Boston on Saturday night. The Bolts lost to the Bruins in the season opener. Puck drops at 7 p.m.