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Quick Strikes for Tuesday, May 26

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Lots of Tampa Bay Lightning news, with a few other odds and ends thrown in to break up the monotony.

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  • This is a nice little feature on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. He's such an integral part of the team, but he gets so little attention from even the local media. It's nice to see a defenseman get some notice now and then. [SportsNet]
  • Speaking of the Lightning defense, here's a story on how the team's defense played an integral part in their last win. Must be nice to be so deep and so good in that position, right? Oh, wait - I guess we already know all about that. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Sort of an obvious thing, but the Lightning don't want to fly back to New York City. Because, you know, that would mean there's a Game 7 with the New York Rangers. And no Lightning fan or player wants that. [ESPN]
  • A couple of Bolts fans walked into the lion's den and watched a playoff game at Madison Square Garden - and lived to tell about it. [en-Lightning NHL Perspective]
  • Only four of the ten points are Lightning related, and it's nothing new for anyone who's familiar with the series. But, the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks series is an interesting one to read about. And one of whom the Bolts will likely play next. [Grantland]
  • Steven Stamkos is the poster boy for adversity. Or something. Look, I'm just as happy as anyone else that he's finding the back of the net again, but he just had an unfortunately timed slump, that's all. Sometimes I really wonder about these playoff narratives that people come up with. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Speaking of Stamkos, get ready to be hearing far too much about how he supposedly wants to go play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yeah, we've heard all of this before. Remember the Montreal Canadiens media being absolutely convinced that Vincent Lecavalier was dying to play in Montreal? [The Score]
  • The fact that the Lightning could be in a cap crunch isn't going to help the Stamkos-Leafs rumors any. Especially if the Bolts happen to win the Stanley Cup. Everyone whose contracts are up will be looking for some hefty raises after that, which also won't help matters any. [NHL Numbers]
  • You can take a look at the cap situation for yourself with the closest CapGeek replacement so far, General Fanager. [General Fanager - Tampa Bay]
  • Apparently, a team can turn things around without starting completely over, starting with gutting the roster. What a concept, I know, but it's true. The Rangers and the Ducks have both done just that. [The Globe and Mail]
  • Wanting players from just their province isn't only a Quebec thing, apparently. It seems to be a general Canadian thing. This sort of thinking has even infected even British Columbia. Fans are hoping that unrestricted free agent Cody Franson will come back and play for the Vancouver Canucks. [Canucks Army]
  • The SB Nation Buffalo Sabres blog, Die By the Blade, is intrigued by the possibility of former Lightning head coach Guy Boucher getting hired by the team. So they asked Raw Charge assistant editor Kyle Alexander some questions about him. [Die By the Blade]
  • And finally, an English New York Rangers hockey fan does his annual take on the NHL Awards. If you don't follow LW3H on Twitter, then you're missing out - especially if you're into hockey stats. And I'm not just saying that because he's a friend of mine, either. [Springing Malik]