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Quick Strikes for Friday, January 2

The Syracuse Crunch’s poor special teams play finally catches up to them, Mark Barberio sees success on the blue line, lots of reads about yesterday’s NHL Winter Classic and more.

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  • Mark Barberio has looked solid recently, playing in eight of the past nine games for the Lightning. He's making the most out of his opportunity after struggling to get playing time on the Bolts deep blue line. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Syracuse Crunch has been generally successful as of late, but that's certainly not due to special teamsl its power play is ranked 28th in the AHL, while the penalty kill is ranked 25th. []
  • . . . and the Crunch finally saw how poor special teams play can lose games. The club went 0-for-8 (!!) with the man-advantage on Wednesday afternoon and lost to the Rochester Americans, 4-1. []
  • There were many awesome things that came from the 2015 Winter Classic yesterday between the Capitals and the Blackhawks. Here are 24 of them. [Sportsnet]
  • But wait, there's more! Pierre McGuire got just a little bit too close to Jonathan Toews in a pre-game interview. [Puck Daddy]
  • And, it wouldn't be the Winter Classic without Doc Emrick calling the game. This is a pretty cool feature on the legendary broadcaster. [NPR]
  • The annual outdoor game ended in some controversy, however, as the Capitals won on a power play goal in the dying seconds after a hooking goal on Toews. [Scouting The Refs]
  • As for the Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad signed a lucrative six-year extension yesterday. The 2010 first-round draft puck has 13 goals and 8 assists on the season so far [Hooked on Hockey Magazine]
  • Former Lightning defenseman Keith Aulie, now with the Edmonton Oilers, was suspended for two games after making an illegal check to the head of Flames forward Matt Stajan. [Sportsnet]
  • Andrew Barroway now owns 51 percent of the Arizona Coyotes. The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale on New Years Eve. [Five For Howling]