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Quick Strikes for Friday, March 13

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News and notes from the 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins + more in your Friday links.

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  • "A lot of the story, for some, is going to be how the Lightning still haven't been able to solve the Bruins, especially at TD Garden. Of course, that doesn't tell the whole story of tonight at all..." [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
  • More observations from the opposition point of view from the 3-2 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. [Hockey Buzz]
  • Those Bruins were down one defensemen who has helped them to victories over the Bolts in the past -- Johnny Boychuk, now with the New York Islanders, signs a 7-year extension to stay with his new club. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • However, there are obvious concerns with signing any player that age to such a long-term deal. Even given how effective Boychuk has been for the Isles, how long can he sustain it? [Bleacher Report]
  • The other New York team -- the one Tampa Bay holds a 2015 1st round pick from -- continues to find ways to win. They dropped the Caps on Thursday night, 3-1, and now have the best record in the NHL. [NY Post]
  • One big contributor has been former Bolt Dan Boyle; he's filled in admirably in the vacant spot left by Anton Stralman. When healhty, he's been a big boon for the Blueshirts. [Save by Richter]
  • Ever wondered who the leading all-time NHL scorer is for each country of origin? [Puck Daddy]
  • David Johnson released a new "Super WOWY" tool on his website Puckalytics, for evaluating the play of trios, foursomes and fivesomes. On the Forecheck takes a look to find the Preds' optimal lineup. [On the Forecheck]
  • NCAA free agency in the NHL has begun -- an area where the Tampa Bay Lightning are often busy. [Eye on Hockey]
  • The AHL has announced more franchise transactions for a league in ... don't want to say upheaval so we'll say "transition". [AHL]