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Quick Strikes for Monday, December 28

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A chance for the Bolts to hit the “reset” button, some poor performing by the Montreal Canadiens, commentary about tanking for a first overall draft pick and much more in today’s Quick Strikes.

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  • Can the Lightning finally turn a corner after a pretty dominant performance coming out of the Christmas break Saturday night against the Blue Jackets? Stamkos & Co. think so. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets were none too pleased with the effort Saturday night, though. This one is short, sweet and to the point: The Mother of All Brain Farts. [The Dark Blue Jacket]
  • The Montreal Canadiens have been on a pretty horrific slide as of late. The Habs have lost 10 of their past 11. It should be an interesting game this evening considering General Manager Marc Bergevin has to be looking at his options to improve the team. [All Habs]
  • This is an interesting analysis on what makes an effective coach and whether the Montreal Canadiens organization is limiting itself by preferring to hire a bilingual head coach. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Though the Canadiens aren't doing great recently, Carey Price continues to bring in the awards. He was just named Canadian Athlete of the Year by members of the Canadian Press. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • There has been some talk among Vancouver Canucks fans that the team should tank in order to claim the first overall draft pick in 2016. This particular writer has a hard time embracing that notion, and I would have to agree. [Canucks Army]
  • Breaking last night, Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is being investigated for a possible sex offense. [Time Warner Cable News - Jamestown]
  • Dan Bradley from On the Forecheck and his travel companion, Christina, recently visited Tampa to enjoy a Lightning game. By all accounts, the Bolts and the city of Tampa seemed to leave a good impression. Good job, Tampa! [On the Forecheck]
  • The Syracuse Crunch gave up a first period goal, but that would be all as they poured on three unanswered goals against the Springfield Falcons on Saturday night. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Ben Bishop has a new website. Check it out and browse through some of the products in the store. [Ben Bishop Official Site]