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Quick Strikes for Monday, May 18

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Thoughts on the Bolts-Rangers series from a familiar face, a brutally honest assessment of Game 1 from Jon Cooper, news and commentary on Mike Babcock and the Red Wings, and more.

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  • "We were just handing them tickets to the movie, and we were a turnstile and watching them go by." These were the words from Jon Cooper yesterday after watching the film from the Lightning's loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. We'll see how well the Bolts can recover this evening in Game 2. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Jonathan Drouin's start in the NHL has been a little rough. The third overall pick in 2013 has only cracked the lineup in three of the Lightning's 14 playoff games. Tom Jones wonders what kind of effect it could have on his relationship with the Bolts going forward. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • John Tortorella knows both the Rangers and, of course, the Lightning very well. He delivered his thoughts to ESPN about what to look for in this series between the Bolts and Rangers. [ESPN]
  • Tyler Moore, the assistant pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School, has updated his sign for the series with the New York Rangers:

  • In an in-depth analysis, Clare Austin tries to answer the question: Is Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby elite? [InGoal Magazine]
  • One year ago, Jaromir Jagr announced that he was retiring from international play, but the 43-year-old came back to play in this year's World Championship in Prague. Well, he announced yesterday that he was again retiring from international play. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Whether Mike Babcock remains a crucial part of the Detroit Red Wings moving forward remains to be seen. There has not been much talk about GM Ken Holland, however, who may be more important moving forward than people realize. [Winging it in Motown]
  • Add another potential destination to the list. Mike Babcock will visit San Jose sometime within the next few days to discuss the Sharks' coaching vacancy. [Mercury News]
  • Which is better for development of young hockey players: CHL or NCAA? [Five for Howling]
  • Last week, the Ottawa Senators made a public plea to help team owner Eugene Melnyk, who is suffering from a liver condition. Since then, more than 500 people have offered to donate a liver and Melnyk could have surgery next week. [Ottawa Citizen]