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Quick Strikes for Wednesday, April 1st

No foolin', we swear! Jon Cooper dishes, the league marvels at the Bolts' tenacity, the Crunch brings back a familiar face, and more!

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  • Bolts coach Jon Cooper sat down with SportsNet before the Lightning's game in Toronto last night and talked about clinching a playoff spot, sweeping their regular-season series with Montreal, and more. [Sportsnet.Ca]
  • It's astounding, but the Lightning continue to win despite spate of injuries.[NHL.com]
  • NHL.com breaks down their Top 5 reasons they think the Lightning clinched a playoff berth. [NHL.com]
  • An analysis of what to expect from defenseman Slater Koekkoek at the NHL level. [Bolt Prospects]
  • The Syracuse Crunch have signed another familiar face in defenseman Jared Nightingale. [Chairman How's Glorious Army]
  • Familiar face, indeed: Nightingale says that returning to the Syracuse Crunch is like coming home. [Syracuse.com]
  • Syracuse Crunch owner Howard Dolgon wants the 2016 AHL All-Star game to be in Syracuse, but is concerned about the financial aspect of hosting the game. [Syracuse.com]
  • Sheldon Keefe (who happens to be Tampa Bay Lightning alumni) works with Bolts' prospect Anthony DeAngelo as head coach of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League, and has come a long way from his checkered past. [thestar.com]
  • All Habs examines the potential first round playoff match-ups for the Montreal Canadiens. [All Habs]
  • With Jimmy Howard struggling in Detroit, the Red Wings are hoping that some competition from 23-year-old Petr Mrazek will snap Howard into a higher level of playing. [Cross Checks Blog]
  • Las Vegas has exceeded the 10,000 season ticket deposit threshold, which is a major step towards getting an NHL franchise. [Puck Daddy]
  • Andrew Eide has rounded up the interesting tidbits from the first week of the WHL's playoffs. [Sportsnet.Ca]
  • Student athletes have just as many problems coming to grips with the end of their hockey season as the pros do. Lizzy Marks, who plays for SUNY Oswego's women's team, has some advice to offer on that topic. [SUNY Oswego Student Blogs]