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Quick Strikes for Monday, October 12

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Good morning! Lots of NWHL news after its first night of game action, some profiles of new faces on the Tampa Bay Lightning, and more in our Monday Quick Strikes.

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  • Anton Stralman has been huge for the Tampa Bay Lightning since his acquisition in the summer of 2014. Here is an argument as to why he is the team's most valuable player. [Along the Boards]
  • You have probably noticed a new face up in the Fox Sports Sun broadcast booth. Brian Engblom is the Bolts' new color commentator. Get to know him with this Q&A. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • As the only new Bolt on the team, Erik Condra has made an easy transition from the Ottawa Senators, where he spent five seasons. He scored his first goal of the season Saturday in a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • The Lightning hosted Girls Hockey Day on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena. Olympic silver medalist Anne Schleper taught dozens of girls some tips for skating and worked them through some drills. [WFLA]
  • Jack Jablonski, the high school hockey player who severed his spine in a 2011 hockey game, has kept up with hockey since his accident. Now a student at USC, he has landed a communications internship with the Los Angeles Kings. [Orange County Register]
  • The Norfolk Admirals, formerly the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, are one of the newest teams in the ECHL. Copper & Blue, which covers news on the Edmonton Oilers, talks about their team's newest ECHL affiliate. [Copper & Blue]
  • The NWHL enjoyed much success in its first day of game action. Large crowds and more than 2,000 YouTube stream viewers provided optimism for the newest women's professional league. [Today's Slapshot]
  • The Connecticut Whale defeated the New York Riveters, 4-1, in the inaugural NWHL game yesterday. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • And finally, here are some photographs of the game between the Whale and the Riveters. [Flickr]
  • Not only was it the opening night for the NWHL, it was opening night for the Islanders at their new home, Barclays Center. As this writer explains, it was incredibly weird and surreal. [Lighthouse Hockey]