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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, March 31

Legendary birthdays, team trophies, hockey helmets, and the slightest hint of Oberging in today's Quick Strikes.

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  • The Hockey News is predicting that the Tampa Bay Lightning will win the Stanley Cup - even after Jason Garrison and Andrej Sustr went on injured reserve. I wonder if they'd like to reassess that prediction if Victor Hedman's injury is anything serious - he's unlikely to play tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as of this writing. [The Hockey News]
  • Our Allokago wrote things on her own blog about the lack of scoring depth for the Syracuse Crunch. Thankfully for her, Jonathan Marchessault was reassigned back to the Crunch yesterday. Let's hope he doesn't reinvent the meaning of Oberging. [Chairman How's Glorious Army]
  • Some bright people at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech have decided to test hockey helmets, and how well they prevent concussions. Probably to the surprise of no one, the answer isn't pretty. Out of a five-star rating, only one helmet managed to get three stars. Out of 32 helmets tested.  [Virginia Tech]
  • Today is Gordie Howe's 87th birthday! [The Detroit News]
  • The President's Trophy, for the best team in the NHL at the end of the regular season, gets no respect. Or love. Or interest. In fact, who cares who wins the regular season, right? People are trying to figure out ways to make teams care. Not sure why, exactly, but if it makes you happy.... [Puck Daddy]
  • Looks like the Maple Leafs are successful at something, after all - losing big. [The Globe and Mail]