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Quick Strikes for Saturday, April 25

T.Johnny B. Goode? More post-game 4 fallout, more NHL award nominees were announced Thursday and Friday, and changes have arrived with the mired-in-mediocrity Edmonton Oilers.

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  • Epic debacle to miracle. You know what I'm talking about without me saying it. [enlightening]
  • TV commentator and former Lightning forward Chris Dingman assesses the Lightning on the heels of last night. [Sports Talk Florida]
  • Luke Glendening leaving game 4 is seen as part of the reason the Bolts made their comeback Thursday night. He'll be back in the lineup on Saturday for the Red Wings. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • #TJohnnyBGoode - the goal song movement for Tyler Johnson. If you support it or not, well, voice it in comments or promote that hashttag on Twitter. [Raw Charge]
  • One team's healthy scratch is another team's playoffs boosting roster addition. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Kristers Gudlevskis started between the pipes for the Syracuse Crunch as their 1st round playoff series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got underway. Some would say he also did it while on the hot seat. [Syracuse.com]
  • Losing 5-1 last night to the Baby Pens didn't help him cool off his derriere. [Syracuse Crunch]
  • The Montreal Canadiens had leaped to a 3-0 series lead over the Ottawa Senators. It's now a 3-2 series. This article by Chris Boyle was written hours before Les Habs loss, warning that the club could be in danger. [Eyes on the Prize]
  • Focus is on the NHL playoffs but what happened to the rumors about NHL expansion? Did it die? No, no... It's here, and there are team colors to prove it. [Puck Daddy]
  • Suddenly, the dregs of Edmonton are no longer dregs: Peter Chiarelli, former GM of the Boston Bruins, has been hired as General Manager and President of Hockey Operations by the Oilers. [Spector's Hockey]
  • And Edmonton's long organizational nightmare comes to an end. [The Copper & Blue]
  • Nassau Memorial Coliseum may be hosting its last game tomorrow against the Washington Capitals and increased security is supposed to be on the preemies due to fan altercations (hostility toward visiting fans) and seat thefts from the building during and after games 3 and 4. [NYI Point Blank]
  • Speaking of the Isles, who are moving to Brooklyn next season, Commissioner Gary Bettman shot down a rumor that the club would be returning to Uniondale. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Bettman also created a firestorm by dismissing demeaning and sexist taunts by Winnipeg Jets fans (rebranding Corey Perry "Katy Perry"). [The Daily Fix]
  • On Thursday, the NHL announced the 2015 Calder Award finalists for NHL rookie of the year. The Florida Panthers Aaron Ekblad, Calgary Flames Johnny Gaudreau and Ottawa Senators' Mark Stone were recognized as the top rookies of the season. Now who wins the award? [NHL.com]
  • Today, it's the finalists for the Vezina Award for the NHL's top goalie f the season. It's no surprise that Carey Price and Pekka Rinne have been nominated. Perhaps it is a bit surprising that Devan Dubynk is also a finalist. Deservedly so, but the PHWA sometimes overlooks late season heroics in favor of full-season contributions. [The News Tribune]
  • Want more than the news on that one? Trust Clare Austin to assess the goal keeping candidates in her goalie-fiend wisdom. [In Goal Magazine]