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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, December 30

The Syracuse Crunch hit a bit of a skid and falls in the power rankings, bad luck for a pair of former Bolts goalie prospects, Kristers Gudlevskis makes a list of Top 10 Saves of 2014, and more.

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  • The Toronto Maple Leafs made a trip down south and were beat by the Florida Panthers, 6-4, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2. Here is the recap  from the Leafs perspective as Pension Plan Puppets laments the loss to the Bolts. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • The Syracuse Crunch had a rough weekend after seeing their 10-game winning streak snapped in a loss to the Worcester Sharks, followed by a loss the next night to the Springfield Falcons. [Chirps From Center Ice]
  • A couple of former goalie prospects ran into some bad luck yesterday. Riku Helenius had a bad outing against Canada in the Spengler Cup:

Cedrick Desjardins, who has dealt with shoulder injuries in the past, now has a torn ACL:

  • Kristers Gudlevskis made an appearance on Puck Daddy's Top 10 Saves of 2014 for his spectacular 55-save performance against Team Canada in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. [Puck Daddy]
  • NHL veteran Dany Heatley, a former 50-goal scorer, has been waived by the Anaheim Ducks. He has suffered a sharp decline in production over the past few years due to nagging injuries. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The American Hockey League has updated its infographic of overtime statistics. The AHL instituted partial 3-on-3 in overtime this season.

  • With goaltender Brian Elliott medically cleared to return to the St. Louis Blues lineup, Martin Brodeur may have ended his NHL career on a very high note last night. The 42-year-old veteran helped the Blues defeat Patrick Roy's Colorado Avalanche with a 16-save shutout, the 125th shutout of his career. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Former NHLer and current Columbus Blue Jackets color analyst Jody Shelley had some fun with endorsing defenseman Jack Johnson for the 2015 All-Star Game: