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Quick Strikes for Sunday, April 19

The Tampa Bay Lightning even up their series with the Detroit Red Wings; the draft lottery; and more from around the NHL.

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  • Check the recap of the 5-1 Tampa Bay Lightning win over the Detroit Red Wings from the opposition point of view. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The Lightning are quietly confident heading to Joe Louis Arena with a 1-1 split after how well they've played in the first two games. [Fox Sports Florida]
  • "Diminutive" Johnson. Why never "gigantic Ben Bishop"? [Tampa Tribune]
  • Recipe for success for the Bolts? Same effort as Game 1, a little angrier, a little luckier. [ESPN]
  • Around the rest of the NHL -- the Nashville Predators tied their series with the Chicago Blackhawks but will lose Shea Weber for two games. [On the Forecheck]
  • The Calgary Flames-Vancouver Canucks series especially has shown us that playoff rivalries can be rekindled quickly. [TSN]
  • Save your Ryan Malone jokes. They're not funny. [LA Times]
  • The Edmonton Oilers win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, proving there are no hockey gods and we should all just be hockey atheists. [Copper and Blue]
  • The Syracuse Crunch are backing into the playoffs in the worst way; losers of 5 straight and 9 out of their last 10, they fell last night to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They are the 5 seed in the AHL's Eastern Conference and will face off with the Pittsburgh Penguins top affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. [Bolt Prospects]
  • Fan appreciation night at the War Memorial: