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Quick Strikes for Thursday, April 30

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The Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Detroit Red Wings in 7 games with a 2-0 victory on Wednesday night, but the Syracuse Crunch met a worse fate, being eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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  • First up -- and we don't do this enough -- a recap of the 2-0 Game 7 victory on Wednesday night from our own Clark Brooks. He's done yeoman's work all year long from the press box at Amalie Arena and he'll get at least two more games up there this season as the Lightning advance to Round 2. [Raw Charge]
  • And, the flip side of the coin. Heartbreak for Detroit Red Wings fans. (Do not engage in the comments, please. There are some questionable things said there by angry fans. Let them have their anger. We're moving on to Round 2.) [Winging it in Motown]
  • Plenty of praise to be heaped on goaltender Ben Bishop, who was outstanding in Game 7. [Fox Sports Florida]
  • This piece needs a better headline, but the Lightning are certainly learning from the crucible of the NHL playoffs. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Maybe the Red Wings deserved a better fate after dominating possession for most of Game 7, but a win's a win, and Tampa Bay is moving on. [Hockey Buzz]
  • To illustrate that Detroit dominance a bit better (and truly highlight how good Ben Bishop had to be):
  • "Lack of finish" seems to be the biggest culprit for the Wings' demise according to Gregg Krupa. [Detroit News]
  • Looking ahead to the Round 2 opponent, the Montreal Canadiens struggled a bit to score in Round 1 but not for lack of chances. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • The Syracuse Crunch limped into the playoffs missing big pieces of their lineup to the Lightning and losing 9 of their last 10 regular season games. A three game sweep in Round 1 at the hands of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was their fate. [Bolt Prospects]