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Quick Strikes and Links for Wednesday, June 13th

You're right, kiddo.  They are #1.  Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
You're right, kiddo. They are #1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE


It's all over now. The push towards the 2012-2013 NHL Season is officially on for every team in the league.

And what a culmination it was. For Tampa Bay Lightning fans, we got to watch our AHL affiliate win the Calder Cup after a 43-3 finish to the season. Yep, forty three and three. I'll let that speak for itself.

Then, two days later, the Los Angeles Kings finished off their first Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history. They punctuated an incredible 16-4 run with a 6-1 drubbing of the New Jersey Devils. That run included only one loss on the road. Which I think we can all agree is either A.) absolutely ridiculous or B.) the final proof that everyone has been right in saying that home ice advantage in the playoffs is highly overrated. Or both.

Regardless of how you feel about either team, their runs were pretty special. And at the end of the day, that's what you want most out of hockey: something special.

So, is it October yet? Let's look at some links, eh?

Your Lightning Links:

Lightning Links Continued:

Your Links from around hockey in general: