Quick strikes and links for Tuesday, May 14th

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Marty gives a vote of confidence; the Syracuse Crunch have veterans to thank (and quality sc oring chances too); Game 7's are done with... On to the Semifinals!

Tampa Bay Lightning News

  • Martin St. Louis tells Damian Cristodero that he has full confidence in what GM Steve Yzerman is trying to do with the Lightning. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Public service announcement: Bolts.tbo.com no longer works, you can find Erik Erlendsson's Tampa Tribune coverage at www.tbo.com/sports/lightning

Syracuse Crunch News

  • Looks like there's an issue in Syracuse that has nothing to do with the team on ice or the organization, but coverage of the Crunch and web traffic derived from it. [Chairman How's Glorious Army]
  • Newly signed prospect (and practice squad member) Cedric Paquette may not speak much English, but one thing he's got down pat matters in any language - the drive to win [Bolt Prospects]
  • The culture of winning; eight current Crunch players were part of last season's Calder Cup winning (Norfolk Admirals) team [Syracuse.com]
  • Plenty of scoring chances for the Crunch during the first two games of the Semifinals... Not to mention bad goaltending by Springfield Falcons starter Curtis McElhinney [Syracuse.com]

NHL and General Hockey News

  • Sunday's game 6 was a devastating loss for the Boston Bruins, but it ended up being a opportunity for four hockey fans after accommodating the Bruins late Sunday night [The Globe and Mail]
  • Of course, three of four of those fans were Toronto Maple Leaf fans, and they were among the heartbroken contingent during last night's collapse. [Days of Y'Orr]
  • The Leafs loss is the Toronto Marlies (AHL) gain. The Marlies, in the AHL's Western Conference, will see it's roser bolstered [James Mirtle via Twitter]
  • Two exhausted teams played last night at Verizon Center in the other game 7 of the evenings... And the result was a laugher. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Washington Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs last night, that means it's eulogy time over at Puck Daddy... And this eulogy doesn't just take aim at the Capitals, it takes aim at the Southeast Division in general, as it died with the Caps in game 7. [Puck Daddy]
  • What is puck possession in the NHL? The Gryba hit on Eller during the opening round of the NHL playoffs put that into question... Though I do have to disagree with the football analogy that's in this article. "Pass interference" would have been called on Gryba, and not just an "incomplete pass" declared. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Adam McQuaid, Josh Harding and Sidney Crosby are the finalists for the Masterton Trophy [SB Nation]
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