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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, February 11

Stick taps to Nabokov from his former teams, the Florida Panthers are fighting for a playoff spot, and the Syracuse Crunch had a very bad night.

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  • You're disappointed about the outcome last night, that's to be expected. But revel in the abilities of Vasya as he stones Mike Ribeiro. [Gifycat]
  • The latest SB Nation power rankings of the NHL continue to reflect well on the Tampa Bay Lightning [SB Nation]
  • Bolts captain Steven Stamkos was interviewed by Yahoo! Sportts Puck Daddy, touching on the game and LeBron James "going home". [Puck Daddy]
  • The Syracuse Crunch did not have a good night last night in Glens Falls. We're talking very bad things here. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The career of Cory Conacher has been a trying one since his trade to the Ottawa Senators in 2013. Now a member of the Bridgeport Soundtigers, the AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, Conacher is idle while his Tampacuse alumni are flying high in the NHL. []
  • Yesterday we touched on parties interested in the services of Evander Kane. Today, it's Elliotte Friedman making it clear that if he's ever to find success; Kane needs to drop a bad habit in a team sport - independence. [Sportsnet]
  • Inspired by the Kane/Winnipeg Jets saga, Grantland summarizes 10 of the worst breakups in NHL history. For the record, Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle's ends in Tampa did not make the list.. [Grantland]
  • Later today, former Lightning goalie Evgeni Nabokov will retire from the NHL. Our friends over at Lighthouse Hockey have a little homage to the former Islander. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • More appropriately, San Jose Sharks fans say goodbye to the #1 goalie in team history - their beloved Nabby. [Fear the Fin]
  • Dallas scored an empty net goal on the Boston Bruins last night... One hell of an empty net goal. [gifycat]
  • Meanwhile, in Sunrise, the Florida Panthers took down the Anaheim Ducks and are now 4 points behind the Bruins in the wild card race in the Eastern Conference. [Litter Box Cats]