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Quick Strikes for Friday, March 20

News and notes from around the NHL in your Friday links.

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  • Thomas Fernandez on the success the Tampa Bay Lightning have seen this season when scoring a game's first goal. [Sports Talk Florida]
  • The AHL trade deadline is often quiet, but the Syracuse Crunch added Justin Courtnall. Primarily a role player, he's chipped in with some offense so far for a Crunch squad that's desperately needed it. [Syracuse Post-Standard]
  • The Syracuse Crunch face another test this weekend as they jockey for playoff position in the Eastern Conference. [Chairman How's Glorious Army]
  • The AHL has used 3-on-3 overtimes to much fanfare this season, and it might come to the NHL soon; who are some of the best potential 3-man units in the NHL? [Hockey Buzz]
  • The Montreal Canadiens have announced a partnership with the CWHL Montreal Stars. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Ottawa Senators have a young, hotshot goaltender so it's only a matter of time before he's traded for next to nothing, right? [6th Sens]
  • The Nashville Predators -- contenders in the West -- are slumping. [The Tennessean]
  • But deadline re-acquisition Cody Franson has been a bright spot. [On the Forecheck]
  • Henrik Lundqvist not rushing back, and the Rangers are doing just fine without him. So much for improving Tampa Bay's draft pick this summer. [NY Post]
  • Matthew Wuest, hockey reporter and founder/operator of CapGeek, passed away yesterday. [Metro News]
  • Kukla's Korner is crowdfunding. [Go Fund Me]